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" It's easier to be Eric Idle than to be Paul McCartney. "
" The present is haunted by the X-present. I call this manifold of present and X-present 'nowness': a shifting, haunted region like evaporating mist; a region can't be tied to a specific timescale. "
" Unfortunately, of course, guilt is an artifact of agricultural-age religion and is designed specifically to prevent humans from thinking and operating on a collective level. "
" If you've read 'Dark Ecology,' you'll know there's a whole thing about cats in it, more than once. "
" Applying for a job after finishing a Ph.D is about turning yourself inside out. You've been involved in the most introverted process you've ever done, and now you have to show yourself to the world at large. "
" A job letter, an interview - even a writing sample - have far less to do with intellect and far more to do with aesthetics than you think. "
" I love folding laundry. "
" When you watch one person on stage trying to surmount their fate only in that very action to embody it, it's called a tragedy. When you see a lot of people doing it on stage, it's called 'Fawlty Towers.' "
" A weird thing is a strange loop, what some of us call 'an object.' Thus it is looked down on by the constructivist spokespeople of anti-art, which is also an anti-products movement - the dominant mode of high art since the inception of the Anthropocene. "
" The waste products in Earth's crust are also the human in this expanded, spectral sense. One's garbage doesn't go 'away' - it just goes somewhere else. "
" Losing a fantasy is much harder than losing a reality. "
" I try to have little or no alcohol when I go to a big conference. Sorry to be a party pooper, but that stuff can regress you really fast, and this is not a good place to regress. "
" Nothingness is not nothing at all, so it is physical, but not in the sense of constant presence. Nothingness is disturbing. It is there in a mind-independent sense; it is part of what is given. "
" You don't eat a painting of an apple; you don't find it morally good. Instead, it tells you something strange about apples in themselves. "
" Psychologism holds that logical assertions are percolations of brains. Thus logic is a set of rules for how healthy brains operate. Aside from the infinite regress of a brain determining whether a brain is healthy, we have the infinite regress of the idea 'All concepts are brain percolations' being itself a brain percolation, on its own terms. "
" It truly seems to me that there is some kind of shift happening towards ecological awareness - not just in terms of PR for the science. "
" I grew up in a haunting postindustrial landscape where prehistoric ferns grew among tens of railway tracks surmounted by brilliant arc lights where birds nested and sang in the dead of night, because for them, it was day. "
" In the U.K. - correct me if I'm wrong - there is a legal definition of 'not being in possession of yourself' aka 'not being a person.' That's the fun thing: someone such as a lawyer needs to define, using some empirical signal, something supposedly transcendental like 'person,' something lawyers argue and argue about regarding, say, chimps in zoos. "
" The belief that 'animals' are superior or inferior to humans because they live in an eternal now is untrue, because no being lives in a now. "
" Everything is a railway junction where past and future are sliding over one another, not touching. "
" My mates Dominic Boyer and Cymene Howe have put together thirty one episodes of a really really nice podcast at Rice as part of the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The 'Cultures of Energy Podcast' is so good! "
" The trouble with ecological invocations of Nature is that they're like calling for a medieval tool, perhaps a portcullis or an arrow slit, to fix a modern problem. "
" The Left is correctly wary of talk about nonhumans in the key of Nature and its spiritual partner, humanity. "
" Aesthetic experiences are powerful, to be sure, and probably inescapable, but Nature will not remain effective for very long. "
" In the end, a lifeform is always a hybrid, a being endowed with some X-power such as being able to breathe for a few seconds out of water. That's how evolution works. Spectrally. We are all mermaids. "
" I'm not unhappy with the idea of appealing to people's self-interest if that's what makes them understand something about the non-human world. "
" I can get quite well known, and then I can unleash this kind of anarchist-hippie thing that I've been holding like a very precious liquid, carefully, without spilling any, for years and years and years. And now I'm going to pour it everywhere. "
" Nature was developed to resist the onslaughts of capitalism, but it's really not a very good defense - rather like resisting a steamroller with a Christmas tree ornament. "
" Reductionism and elimination make one feel clever, but what happens when the meditator drops her fixation on feeling clever? "
" It's easier to be the art school band than to be the Beatles. "
" We're all human beings, in the end, despite our differences. "
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