Alien Phenomenology: Quotable Quotes

About a month ago, I finished reading Ian Bogost’s wonderful new book, Alien Phenomenology, or What It’s Like to Be a Thing.  It’s a fun book and an excellent contribution to phenomenology, object-oriented ontology, speculative realism, posthumanities, and more.  At some point, I’ll post some more comments on alien phenomenology (previous posts are here andContinue reading “Alien Phenomenology: Quotable Quotes”

History of LSD Comic Strip

Cognitive Liberty UK posted an excellent comic stip on the history of LSD HERE.  Here’s a link directly to the comic: http://phocks.org/stumble/lsd-history-comic Comics are an effective way to disseminate truth, especially about a controversial topic like psychedelic drugs.  Like the saying goes (from Chaplin? Shaw?  Wilde?): “If you’re going to tell people the truth, youContinue reading “History of LSD Comic Strip”

Hurry Up and Slow Down!

I like slow reading, the slow food movement, slow cookers, and other kinds of slowness.  Sloths are adorable, far from apathetic or uncaring (in contrast to the “sloth” of the Christian seven deadly sins).  Slowness is a virtue.  I agree with those scholars and activists who argue that the pervasive focus on quickness and immediacyContinue reading “Hurry Up and Slow Down!”

Integral Dabbling

The word “integral” connotes wholeness or completeness, like an integer.  What interests me is that, etymologically, integral also means un-touched.  The prefix “in” has a negative force (like “un-“ or “non-“), and “teg” comes from the Latin tangere (“to touch”). An integral philosophy would be a philosophy of untouched unity or untouched units.  How, then,Continue reading “Integral Dabbling”

Object-Oriented Philosophy and Knowledge Ecology

I first heard about object-oriented philosophy around five years ago when reading a piece by Graham Harman in Making Things Public: Atmospheres of Democracy, edited by Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel.  Writing about Heidegger, Harman makes the point that Heidegger’s philosophy isn’t simply another example of a linguistic turn in philosophy.  Heidegger’s turn was a turn to things. Continue reading “Object-Oriented Philosophy and Knowledge Ecology”

After the Postsecular and the Postmodern

What comes after the postsecular and postmodern trends in the Continental philosophy of religion? This question is addressed in the anthology edited by Anthony Paul Smith and Daniel Whistler, After the Postsecular and the Postmodern: New Essays in Continental Philosophy of Religion (2010). The essays respond to this question by reading and transforming Continental perspectivesContinue reading “After the Postsecular and the Postmodern”