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

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Brilliance of Phenomena versus Ego

People are usually very nervous about fully experiencing the bright and colorful world. Nobody can see this level of relative truth without having cut through all the aspects of ego, because there is still a little attachment. People may see blue as blue, but at the same time, they use that to reinforce their idea of how blue affects their state of mind. Whether they regard things as powerful, good, nice, or threatening, there are always psychological implications behind the colors, forms, noises, and physical sensations they perceive. There is always some implication behind the whole thing. So the relative truth, is very difficult to experience fully, although it is very ordinary. --Trungpa Rinpoche

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Best Eco Anthem

Well, this pretty much sums it totally up, doesn't it?

And it has nothing to do with apocalypse. And yet...the intensity...

I always liked how the word “emergency” sounds like “emerge and see.”

We Are Undead

Other scholars tune in to the fact that species is not metaphysically present at all, but rather an uncanny awareness that despite my conscious intentions and my tiny meaningless actions, I am part of a zombie that just functions (at least at this point) according to long established algorithmic procedures.

Ecology and Philosophy

I'm teaching this graduate class next term. 

ENGL 591
Ecology and Philosophy
Timothy Morton

The current ecological crisis (maybe “crisis” is far too limited a term) means that humans are undergoing an upgrade in how they think and feel about nonhuman beings. An upgrade, whether they like it or not, and whether they are aware of it or not: even Rush Limbaugh needs to wear sunscreen.

The crisis in ecological awareness is thus also a crisis in philosophy. For the last two hundred years, a very interesting movement and counter-movement has evolved within philosophy. This dynamic is about how we allow lifeforms into thought, into our ethical and political concern, and into social space.

Furthermore, it's quite clear that we live in a set of overlapping, often contradictory, philosophies embodied in fields, food, energy, the way we talk to cats, how we make art and what we do (or don't do) about toilets, meat, and ice (and so on). These embodied philosophies make up a 12 000-year pattern.

This class will complicate and clarify your ability to engage with nonhuman beings.
You will improve your ability to think and reflect, and allow yourself to be wrong, or puzzled, or curious.

You will understand a living tradition that deeply affects the biosphere, of which theory is a somewhat narrow bandwidth. And make ideas about what to do about it.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Climate Depression / Eco-Therapy

First, learn about climate depression.

Then here is ecotherapy.

Another IPCC Anthem

Play it loud

Anthem of the Intra-Planetary Concerned Critters

One of them, anyway. Turn it loud.

How the IPCC Conducts Itself

The basics:

This website says that you should say FUCK in capital letters. Like THIS PLANET IS FUCKED.

I get the article's main point about depression, biospheric depression. I suffer from depression, I get it.

Depression is a freakin trap, ladies and gentlemen.

Just ask someone who suffers from clinical depression, for reals.

You shouldn't put that on other people by shouting FUCK.

The trouble is, scientists, you are indeed pushing dogma here. Sorry, but you are. It's not because of the science, but because of the attitude (scientism). The anti-global warming public sees the threat. Sorry, but it's true. You are trying to force them to change their belief.

The mixture of “We're not sure, this is just statistics, 95% accurate etc” plus scientistic table thumping, now with FUCK to add to the mix, is a killer.

Just ask anyone who knows anything about art. Anyone.

The point is to amaze people. To assume you're right. To speak from a warrior position of total outrageous confidence. You don't need to say FUCK. You just need to blow people's mind.

It's only tricky if you need to find the inspiration. But it's coming from a place of devotion and passion, not aggression.

This planet has had enough human aggression.


IPCC: The Rules

The Intra-Planetary Concerned Critters abide by the following rules, when they hold press conferences in tandem with the official IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. 

The initial tasks for the IPCC will be a series of press conferences, just like the IPCC hold. 

At these press conferences, possibly held in the lobbies of the places where the IPCC is holding theirs, the following will be the case: 

Anyone can be on the IPCC panel. Philosophers, artists, scientists, normal people, anyone. 

There can be many IPCCs. 

Members of the IPCC wear animal hats. The human face should be visible and audible but other lifeforms should be present in some way. 

The sillier the hat, the better. The Council of All Beings is a Deep Ecology practice created by Joanna Macy. One makes an animal mask and speaks to the other animal mask wearers about the pain of the planet. This is very moving but it's preaching to the choir. And it needs a bit of humor. 

Enough with the apocalypse already! 

Okay, so here are the rules I've been drawing up. Feel free to discuss and modify them here. 

1. Keep it as gentle as possible. That doesn't mean you can't be outrageous. On a meek platform, be perky, outrageous and inscrutable. Aggression and shouting facts won't work and will deplete your mojo.

2. The main thing is to amaze, bedazzle and otherwise be miraculous.

3. Don't argue. You are not trying to persuade people, you are trying to instill a sense of wonderment, laughter, surprise and compassion.

4. Comedy is deeper than tragedy. You can be tragic but within a more profound comic frame. Don't fan the flames of doom!

5. You are not trying to stop the end of the world. It has already ended. Instead, work with the surprise, uncanniness and ultimately relief that "we are already dead."

6. Try to speak as your chosen lifeform as much as you can but you can always break out of role. This is silly, confusing and fun.

7. Be a trickster. 
Your view: we never left the Paleolithic, as human bodies and as anxious beings who can be scared and paranoid and hysterical with laughter. This there is no need to return anywhere or progress into the future. All we have to do is notice where we are really at. 

8. If someone in the audience challenges you don't fight them. Join them. Admit as much as you can the silliness of the situation and agree with their ridicule. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Extinction Marathon

This is part of my contribution to Hans Ulrich Obrist's brain child at the Serpentine, an event featuring all kinds of people including Yoko Ono.

Ragnarok with Me

Jón Gnarr told me this fascinating thing:

When Jörmungandr, the Midgard Serpent, stops sucking its own tail, this is the beginning of Ragnarok, the apocalyptic battle.

Agrilogistics has been a constant process of trying to un-loop the loop form of things.

Sunday, October 26, 2014


This is the first communication of the Intra-Planetary Concerned Critters.

If you wish to join us, link to this post.

More soon.

Snaggle snaggle

Those Smelters

In fact, Oddný and Björk, so inspiring was your practice and your ideas about all that, they're going straight in Dark Ecology, now. I knew there was a reason not to have sent it to Columbia yet!


Oddný also edits this ecology website, oh yes indeedy. She did a whole lot of work with Björk after the big financial collapse, that hurt Iceland so badly, work to do with small, good-news start-ups that sounds a lot like my realm of toys. And have to do with ecology.

You don't know the realm of toys? You have to wait for Dark Ecology!

Congratulations Oddný Eir Ævarsdóttir

You are a genius, I just met you, and you just won the European Union Prize for Literature.

Student of Derrida, dope Marxist, awesome philosopher, yes.

Now kids in presses, let's start translating her, yeah? She has a lot of books!