Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Derrida, Darwin and the lyre

There was much to engage with in The Ecological Thought a 12 May talk by Timothy Morton (of which an audio version will be archived here in due course). I won't try to comment on it here, but note something (also blogged at Ashdenizen) from Shelley that occured as: "We lack the capacity to imagine what we know". The original in context is:
We [lack] the creative faculty to imagine that which we know; we [lack] the generous impulse to act that which we imagine; we [lack] the poetry of life; our calculations have outrun conception; we have eaten more than we can digest. The cultivation of those sciences which have enlarged the limits of the empire of man over the external world, has, for want of the poetical faculty, proportionally circumscribed those of the internal world; and man, having enslaved the elements, remains himself a slave.

Image: Astrophyton darwinium

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