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" It's easier to be the art school band than to be the Beatles. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Our ecological emergency demands proactive choices, not reactive sideswipes. "
" I used to keep a folder with all my rejection letters in it - a few years into having a job, I burned it. "
" Humans can no longer ignore nonhumans: they end up haunting the words we use and interrupting everyday talk. "
" It's easier to be Eric Idle than to be Paul McCartney. "
" I find it beyond stunning that there is a school of thought or two out there that swears we are into solids and that solids are bad and liquids are good. "
" Since appearance can't be peeled decisively from the reality of a thing, attunement is a living, dynamic relation with another being. "
" We intellectuals are not stupid: we know the phenomenology of guilt is a bad photocopy of the phenomenology of thought, so it's much cheaper to press that button. "
" Pollution is everywhere, in that ancient Greek sense of miasma: guilt experienced as abject body fluid, moral pollution defining what kinds of beings count in social space. "
" OOO objects have all the abjection added back in. They don't behave like normalized patriarchal subjects at all. "
" There is no essence, but there is a flux that is more real than any instance of the flux, such as a milk bottle or a tiger. "
" Trivially speaking, ecological awareness means realising that beings are interconnected in some way, but then we have to figure out what this interconnection actually means. "
" I so totally refuse to 'make an effort to understand' the people who have become vectors for a fascist spectacular politics. "
" 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. "
" Ecological thought rejects consumerism at its peril. "
" 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. "
" Losing a fantasy is much harder than losing a reality. "
" In many cases, contemporary materialisms map uncannily well onto Pre-Socratic ideas such that instead of Anaximander, we have the physicist David Bohm and his idea of an underlying 'implicate order' that transcends time and space. "
" 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. "
" I discover in my experiential space evidence for the wrongness of solipsism, and this evidence is called beauty. "
" Reductionism and elimination make one feel clever, but what happens when the meditator drops her fixation on feeling clever? "
" We're all human beings, in the end, despite our differences. "
In The End
" I'm the absolute worst at getting jobs, ever. I had 100 rejections before I landed one. I kept all the letters in a folder until I realized I could just chuck them away. "
" I love folding laundry. "
" The ideal job letter starts with a brilliant light. Then we realize that this brilliant light is actually sunlight, shafts of it, pouring through trees onto a thick bed of pine needles. Soft dusty resin floats in the sun shafts, invitingly. The smell of pine and sap rises from the forest floor. A twig snaps underfoot. "
" An environment is precisely something one is unable to point to yet is strangely there nonetheless. "
" The Left is correctly wary of talk about nonhumans in the key of Nature and its spiritual partner, humanity. "
" 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. "
" Somewhat selfishly, perhaps, I like to think that the best people sometimes take a few goes to get a job. "