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

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Trial by Darwin

Okay, this is now a phenomenon, in the Hegelian sense that for something to happen, it has to happen twice. The last two classes in which I've taught Darwin have provoked strong reactions. Students have walked out. I can only conclude that this is to do with some perceived threat to their view.

The first instances were in my survey class in Spring 2009. So few people came to the Darwin classes (it was the only hard copy set text, everything else was online), that I guessed it could only mean one thing. The new cases are from my Literature and the Environment classes (podcasts now on iTunes U). I saw people actually getting up and leaving in the middle of the lecture. There must have been about three of them. Then there were the people who didn't show up, and the people who dropped.

Wow. A two hundred year old guy still knows how to clear a room.


jawa said...

Itunes U - very cool. Thanks!

richard said...

Wow -- it's like a different country, the US!

Unknown said...

How depressing. I'd like to say that would never happen in Canada, but you never know these days.

Just reading Ecology Without Nature and enjoying it a lot, by the way. It's influencing my thoughts on the next major novel I'm planning to write.