Archive for February, 2014

Graham Harman: Revolution in Science, Politics, Philosophy & the Arts

28 February 2014

Pathways in Development, Linda B. Smith

27 February 2014

plus Olaf Sporns’ Connections Among Neurons and People:

Communicative Turn in Philosophical Discourse, C.O. Schrag

26 February 2014


Chris Speed on Co-Things

25 February 2014

synthetic zerØ

Lots of interesting stuff going on in this research but to draw your attention to two in particular one is instrumentalizing “flows” as co-operations, and than foreshadowing how things are in/multi-stable not because they ‘withdraw’ per say but because they are among other things re-context-ualizable and contested, are “leaky” to repeat differently a theme I’m pearling along hereabouts.

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The Fourfold and the Framework: Heidegger’s Topological Critique of Technology | Jeff Malpas –

24 February 2014


Jeff Malpas, who will be at Memorial U. this September has a relatively new (at least I just caught it) and straightforward account of the four-fold as it relates to his own work on the “topos.”

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Heterogeneous Engineering & Tinkering, John Law

24 February 2014

Heterogeneous Engineering & Tinkering, John Law




Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World, Timothy Morton

23 February 2014

Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World, Timothy Morton

via  Carla Nappi – So much of Science Studies, of STS as a field or a point of engagement, is deeply concerned with objects. We create sociologies and networks of and with objects, we study them as actors or agents or actants, we worry about our relationships to them and their relationships to each other. We wonder if humans and their objects are really so different, or whether we are all octopuses shrinking behind our own ink.

In Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World (University of Minnesota Press, 2013), Timothy Morton offers a way of thinking with and about hyperobjects, particular kinds of things of which we see only pieces at any given moment. (Though by the end of the book, Morton invites us to consider that perhaps every object is a hyperobject.) Hyperobjects have a number of qualities in common, and the first half of Morton’s book introduces and explores them: they stick to other beings, and they potentially transform our taken-for-granted notions of time, space, locality, causality, and the possibility of ever being “away.” How this all happens is explained in a wonderfully personal and engaging narrative voice that ranges from Heidegger to The Lord of the Rings to the Tardis to Op Art, and the second half of the book introduces some of the consequences of and opportunities created by thinking with hyperobjects. It is about global warming and intimacy and object-oriented ontology and modern art and the possibilities of a phenomenology after we get rid of any notion of “the world” as something out-there and beyond-us. For those who are interested in STS and its environs, it offers a very different and very thoughtful language for articulating narratives beyond a simple “object agency” frame or a human/object binary. It’s also a great pleasure to read.

Latour: War & Peace in Time of Ecological Conflicts

22 February 2014

LSE lecture:
Although it is still useful to insist on the distinction between science and politics, the scale and importance of ecological mutations make it more and more difficult to use it effectively. The problem is that the alternative requires a redefinition of the two terms “science” and “politics”. The lecture will explore in which way an alternative definition could help us to cope with the geopolitical debates that will become more and more intense in the future.

Free Book on Airport Infrastructure

21 February 2014

Race Against the Machine, Andrew McAfee

19 February 2014