Nature is not natural and can never be naturalized — Graham Harman

Friday, May 22, 2015

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Humankind (MP3)

I am the devil:

The New Left universalizes the human by distinguishing human being metaphysically from all nonhumans, in an implicitly pre-Kantian ontological move that seriously weakens, unconsciously, its political edge. Far from a “You're either with us or against us” separation of the New Left (and its legacy, the anti-essentialist theory class) from speculative realism (“You can either be a feminist or anti-racist or postcolonialist or not—and not being means you are a speculative realist”), it is perfectly possible and indeed necessary to think nonhumans in a left way. Denouncing attempts to do so as “hippie” and denouncing ways of proceeding to do so as “phenomenological” (the polysyllabic version of “hippie”) will no longer do.

(My talk at UC Santa Barbara)


97% Agreement Is "Convoluted"

Jeb Bush holds those waveringly ambiguous interpretations of the data to account!

I think perhaps the same thought occurs to many Porsche drivers in Houston at a stop sign. Whether or not they should stop since it's my turn to proceed is..."convoluted."

"Well, officer, I t-boned him because I wasn't 100% sure it wasn't my turn. I mean it's pretty convoluted you know? And I do drive a Porsche."

Then he says something true (sorry this is not the Huffington Post beautiful soul rag): it is intellectual arrogance not to have a conversation (with deniers) about global warming.

Want to shoot me now? You just proved my point.

I can't stand those moments when the scientism comes out and the wonderfully Humean statistical speech comes to an end. Game over, because you just re-started the conversation in religion space.

They should put Björk and me in charge of those press conferences. We will wear animal ears and not pound the table.

Of course Jeb Bush is playing rhetorical bait and switch by jumping from "convoluted" to "arrogance." It's like wiping your soup bowl with a bit of bread. The first wipe gets the less intense opponents of doing anything at all about the 6th mass extinction event. The second wipe gets the more intense ones.

Or, if you're a proponent of helping nonhumans, it's like being punched in the face after sticking around with the guy who is going "I'm just so confused, I mean I think it looks like you're ripping me off."

Sloppy and berserk: hey that sounds like a cop show.

Paris Now

If you're near we are in the student center, which has a dome, at Paris 8 at the end of Metro line 13.

I'm up first, nice one--just opening my mouth will be a relief that hides whatever troubles there are with my talk!

Pierre Cassou-Nogues is a great organizer.

I'm honored to be talking here.




Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Paris 8 Time Conference Schedule (open to the public)

Le temps des choses, la substance du temps
Organisé par P. Cassou-Noguès, P. Harris, R. Lestienne Coordonné par S. Touiza,
Dans le cadre du projet Le sujet digital, Labex Arts-H2H et de l'International Society for the Study of Time.
21 mai 2015, à la maison de l'étudiant, université Paris VIII
9h30 accueil des participants, 10h00-13h15 et 14h30-17h45 Sous l'œil de Jean Perdrizet et de ses robots spiritistes :
13 panneaux autour de Jean Perdrizet, l'inventeur de Digne
22 mai 2015, amphi X, bâtiment D, université Paris VIII 10h00-13h15 et 14h30-17h45
 
21 mai 2015
9h30 Accueil des participants
9h45 Introduction
10h00 Timothy Morton : From Them Flows What We Call Time 11h00 Pause
11h15-13h15
Nicholas Tresilian : Time and Ages
Paul A. Harris : Dwelling in Deep Time
Arnaud Regnauld : Liquid Times : Two Electonic Works by Michael Joyce Pierre Cassou-Noguès : Temps et objets sur le bord de la mer
14h30 Didier Debaise : Penser les choses comme des trajectoires historiques 15h30 Pause
15h45-17h15
Denis Costa : Consubstantial, Contingent, Participatory : The Time of
Things in Late Antique and Medieval Thought
Mazarine Pingeot: La substance pensante et le temps chez Descartes Michel Weber : The Threefold Root of Whiteheadian Temporality

22 mai
10h00 Etienne Klein : What Does the Arrow of Time Stand For ? 11h00 Pause
11h15-13h15
Marc Lachièze-Rey : Why Time Cannot Be a Substance
Marcel-Marie LeBel : John A. Wheeler's « so simple universe »
Pierre Uzan : Mesure du temps et signature temporelle des phénomènes
14h30
Walter Schweidler : Temporal Substance and the Concept of Nature
David L. Dusenbury : The Substance of Time – from Lucretius to Hobbes, by way of
Augustine 15h30 Pause
15h45-17h45
Jean-Baptiste LeBihan : Un espace composé de propriété et de relations. Emmanuelle Clarizio : Le temps de l'objet technique selon Simondon
Diego Abadi : Matérialisme spéculatif et empirisme transcendantal: quelques
rapports possibles
Boram Jeong : The Concept of Time and Substance in Deleuze

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Université Paris 8 May 21-22

...I'm talking at a conference on time as substance and my talk is called

FROM THEM FLOWS WHAT WE CALL TIME

I nicked the title off of Takemitsu, haha:


Saturday, May 9, 2015

Another Sentence from Dark Ecology

Let's begin by nibbling away at that rather boring lump of American cheese, the Easy Think Substance.

A Sentence from Dark Ecology

So many ecological beings are “excluded middles” and so much ecological action seems to be to do with “not quite” and “slightly,” gradations of yes.

Friday, May 8, 2015

There Was a Gasp

...in the audience when Ed Miliband said that Labour had not overspent and had not precipitated the economic collapse, in a debate the other day. That gasp got me ready for the election result this morning. Here's Paul Krugman, who if you don't know won the Nobel Prize for economics, laying down some truth:

“What nonsense am I talking about? Simon Wren-Lewis of the University of Oxford, who has been a tireless but lonely crusader for economic sense, calls it “mediamacro.” It’s a story about Britain that runs like this: First, the Labour government that ruled Britain until 2010 was wildly irresponsible, spending far beyond its means. Second, this fiscal profligacy caused the economic crisis of 2008-2009. Third, this in turn left the coalition that took power in 2010 with no choice except to impose austerity policies despite the depressed state of the economy. Finally, Britain’s return to economic growth in 2013 vindicated austerity and proved its critics wrong.

“Now, every piece of this story is demonstrably, ludicrously wrong. Pre-crisis Britain wasn’t fiscally profligate. Debt and deficits were low, and at the time everyone expected them to stay that way; big deficits only arose as a result of the crisis. The crisis, which was a global phenomenon, was driven by runaway banks and private debt, not government deficits. There was no urgency about austerity: financial markets never showed any concern about British solvency. And Britain, which returned to growth only after a pause in the austerity drive, has made up none of the ground it lost during the coalition’s first two years.”

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Public Laboratory

You know this? It's how to hack science and monitoring and stuff that gets restricted and cordoned off in all kinds of ways. It's like a tactic in the Whole Earth thing in a certain sense...but more distributed.

Like, photographs of the BP spill from balloons you can release yourself...

Invisible 5

Live in CA? Have you ever driven down I-5? You will be very interested in this art project which seeks to add the nonhuman beings back in to the very very tunnel vision picture you get when you drive down it...

Earthquake Nuns

They are up to all kinds of things.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

That's Awesome Björk

From Time Out:

"Are there aspects of modern technology that concern you?

‘Right now my heart is very concerned about the Iceland highlands. The government has decided it’s going to make dams all over the highlands, and so the biggest untouched area in Europe is going to go away in the space of three or four years. Have you read books by Timothy Morton? They’re really interesting. His angle is that the apocalypse has already happened and we are now in the aftermath, so there’s hope for us. And I was like: I really agree with that. So let’s do something about it. One solution is to change how we relate to technology and how we relate to nature. There’s still a way.’ "