Derrida’s Linguistic Idealism – Another Iteration. More stuff to get my head around. Texts are objects. Are objects texts? Am very glad to have read about us humans filling our heads full of objects of all sorts, as this reflection reflects the sense of clutter and burden and oppression have been feeling the last few days contemplating the amount of reading of past philosophy texts that may have to do to know what am talking/writing about in philosophy. “We [humans] are not more critical than animals, but more object-oriented, filling our minds with all present and absent objects, all geographical and astronomical places, all species of animal, all flavors of juice, all players from the history of baseball, all living and dead languages.” (This quote is from the Graham Harman essay ‘On Vicarious Causation’ quoted by Charles Mudede in SLOG at The Stranger.) In Harman’s blog he comments on another part of the SLOG piece: “Stated differently, assuming it’s true that humans are the most intelligent life forms on earth (and Žižek points out in his critique of Meillassoux that we can’t really be sure of this), then who do you think “believes” in more? Are cats really more gullible than humans? Cats don’t waste their time believing in things 13.2 billion light years away or slithering through deep ocean crevices that neither cats nor humans can ever reach. Cats don’t believe in cats that lived 2,000 years ago, let alone 800,000 years ago.” Someone needs to make it clear that intelligence means belief in terms of ‘reading into’ experienced reality interpretations we ‘choose between’, both phrases being definitions of intelligence and intellect.
Today, preparing to prepare my theory about iterativity and iteration for a wider audience, and so trawling about in OOO, have found stuff that’s let me feel closer to it than I had for a while. Mention of Maturana and Varela always makes me feel right at home. What I want to do is bring ecology in. Reviewed Lenny Moss‘s hopes for philosophical anthropology today, with a view to clarifying differences in approach between his and Egenis‘ and OOO, and still think that belief in the anthropic principle is a primary motive in ecological and other scientific enterprise and explanation.