“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Friday, November 12, 2010

Levi Bryant Hyperpost on Hyperobjects

Levi has just published three magnificent posts. What luxury. This one is on hyperobjects, and it's a pretty huge down-payment on an emerging project: Levi and I are hoping we can work together on them in greater detail. I really like the swimming pool analogy:

Morton’s hyperobjects are thus like our experience of a pool while swimming. Everywhere we are submersed within the pool, everywhere the cool water caresses our body as we move through it, yet we are nonetheless independent of the water. We produce effects in the water like diffraction patterns, causing it to ripple in particular ways, and it produces effects in us, causing our skin to get goosebumps and, if you’re a man, for parts of you to inconveniently shrink, yet the water and the body are nonetheless two objects withdrawn from one another interacting only vicariously.
Precisely. Actually an object like swimming pool water works beautifully to evoke another aspect of hyperobjects, which has to do with their distribution in time. I'm re-reading Einstein at present trying to get more of a handle on this. But it seems to me that hyperobjects sort of ripple and distort in time. So does everything, but hyperobjects are so massively distributed that it becomes obvious.

1 comment:

daz hastings said...

according to Jaynes, language is an Organ of Perception (yes? can we agree there. see p 50); therefore your perception is second to non (IMHO); ie: hello Buddha!