Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Hyperobjects on Presentism
"Please don't think that this is Luddite primitivism. It is only an observation based on some quite graphic experiences of different kinds of temporality. It is difficult to believe, naturally, when one is immersed in a vast ocean of presentist metaphysics inscribed into every device about one's person. In fact, my solution to presentism is not a quasi-Buddhist “living in the now” popular with forms of Nature mysticism. Nonhuman sentient beings, for instance, are admired (or pitied) for living in this “now.” In admiring (or pitying) them thus, we only see them as instruments of our technological era, extensions of the ticking clocks of metaphysical presence. This is not a progressive ecological strategy. Like Nature, like Matter, the Present has not served ecology well."
Posted by Timothy Morton at 1:29 PM