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

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Dark Ecology: All Existing Accounts of Consumerism Are Incorrect

You can tell they are because they suspiciously replicate Fall narratives. “At point x we needed stuff. Then we started to desire things, in an evil loop." Sorry Marxism this includes you. Here's part of my argument from the book:

At first the priority of want seems counterintuitive. Superficially one might claim something like: “You need salt to live.” But this is to abuse the word need, which evidently has to do with conscious urges. Want, which is desire, is prior to need insofar as desire already transcends my conscious wishes and thus resembles salt and the cellular metabolisms that utilize it far more than it resembles Tim Morton. “You need salt”: do you? Well, your cells require it to be cells—but how much? It varies because the homeostatic state of a cell wall changes over time. Metabolism requires varying flows across differing ionic channels, some of which involve sodium. There is no “proper” amount, and the proper is where need lives in historical accounts of want versus need. In those accounts, need is precisely calibrated not to be excessive. But this is impossible in a dynamic system such as a single cell. And again a cell isn’t you and it certainly isn’t conscious you (this is not to say that consciousness is limited to me or to humans and so on). Need is just the wrong term. It seems the case when we consider that on the cellular level a chemical lack causes all kinds of automated systems to kick in beyond my control. In a perverse way that’s much more like desire than need. In the case of salt in particular, it turns out that there is no neurological off switch; your body doesn’t care if you have a stroke eating loads more salt than you “need.”

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