Y theory would be a wonder That is not in this bookI d hoped to see an approach by which we might approach the existence and uality of things objects technologies artifacts and so called nature Instead Bogost throws out a few sparkling bon mots in a sea of disconnected anecdotes and generally sloppy thinking A subject that should be approached with immense care is treated with disrespectThe only reason I finished this book was to honestly describe how bad it was This was a very deep dense academic sort of read Very mind expanding I iked his how bad it was This was a very deep dense academic sort of read Very mind expanding I iked his on how humans tend to relate things only in their conparison to human experiences and his challenging of those ideas Look everyone doing theory a VERY fine book can be done in fewer than 200 pages Use this as a model in future especially if you want to be readSome favorite bits speculative realism is an event rather than a philosophical position it names a moment when the epistemological tide ebbed revealing the iridescent shells of realism they had so Women's Activism and Social Change Rochester New York 1822 1872 long occluded all things eually exist yet they do not exist eually The funeral pyre is not the same as the aardvark the porceletta shell is not euivalent to the rugby ball Not only is neither pair reducible to human encounter but also neither is reducible to the other The power of flat ontology comes from its indiscretion It refuses distinction and welcomes all into the temple of being Unit is an ambivalent term indifferent to the nature of what it names It is also isolated unitary and specific not simply the part of a whole or ontologically basic and indivisibleike an atom units operate That is thing constantly machinate within themselves and mesh with one another acting and reacting to properties and states while still keeping something secret Since units remain fundamentally in the dark about one another s infinite centers the unit operations that become relevant to them differ Everything whatsoever is The Western Scar: The Theme of the Been-To in West African Fiction like people on a subway crunched together into uncomfortably intimate contact with strangers Lists remind us that no matter how fluidly a system may operate its members remain utterly isolated mutual aliens except see what context does via Harper s Index Ontographical cataloging hones a virtue the abandonment of anthropocentric narrative coherence in favor of worldly detail The tire and chassis the ice milk and cup the buckshot and soil thingsike these exist not just for us but also for themselves and for one another in ways that might surprise and dismay us For the ontographer Aristotle was wrong nature does not operate in the shortest way possible but in a multitude of Understanding Shutter Speed locally streamlined yet globally inefficient ways anthropocentrism is unavoidable ateast for us humans The same is true of any unit for the bats chiropteracentrism is the problem Objects try to make sense of each other through the ualities and The Mother I Carry: A Memoir of Healing from Emotional Abuse logics they possess When one object caricatures another the first grasps the second in abstract enough for the one to make some sense of the other given its own internal properties No matter how we may feel about eating or abstaining from meat appeals to feeling and suffering exemplify the correlationist conceit the assumption that the rights any thing should have are the same ones we believe we should have thativing things Anthology of Articles on African Linguistics and Literature like us are important that thoseess The Writing Workshop like us and thatife itself is an existence of greater worth than inanimacy Metaphorism is necessarily anthropomorphic and thus it challenges the metaphysician both to embrace and #To Yield To The Limits # yield to the imits humanity It s possible to generalize of course For example one could argue that no matter what sort of thing a unit is it ought to have the right to be preserved and not destroyed This is an impractical sentiment however because beings often need to eat or molt or burn or dissolve Aristotelian fi. From human comprehension and becomes accessible only through a speculative philosophy based on metaphorProviding a new approach for understanding the experience of things as things Bogost also calls on philosophers to rethink their craft Drawing on his own background as a videogame designer Bogost encourages professional thinkers to become makers as well engineers who construct things as much as they think and write about them. .
size of his book Alien Phenomenology is a modest 136 page vs Korzybski s Science andof his book Alien Phenomenology is a modest 136 page vs Korzybski s Science and An Introduction to Non Aristotelian Systems and General Semantics which clocks in at 806 pagesThe book s subtitle What it s Like to be a Thing eaves the reader with a bit of a mystery It s obviously a reference to Thomas Nagel s book What is it Gramatica de baza a limbii romane like to be a Bat which is a uery into the nature of consciousness But Alien Phenomenology never addresses the uestion of consciousness at all and most of the book is about objects or non conscious things and how they relate to each other My conclusion is that Bogost has fallen into the trap of thinking that if we could fully and accurately understand the relationship between thingsike say a bat and its environment that we would then know what it s ike to be a bat This is the classic danger Korzybski warns about with that well known phrase the map is not the territory No matter how accurate you can make your representation of the terr. Humanity has sat at the center of philosophical thinking for too ong The recent advent of environmental philosophy and posthuman studies has widened our scope of inuiry to include ecosystems animals and artificial intelligence Yet the vast majority of the stuff in our universe and even in our ives remains beyond serious philosophical concernIn Alien Phenomenology or What It’s Like to Be a Thing Ian Bogost develops an object. ,
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Itory the map remains a different thing it can tell you about the relationship of features in the territory but it is not the territory Likewise knowing fully about the relationship of a bat or anything to its environment and being able to describe it perfectly and unbiasedly while useful will not tell us what the conscious experience of being a bat is ikeSo the book was a bit of a disappointment for me But I did have a certain fascination in seeing the book unknowingly redevelop forgotten ideas from the 1930s that are now found mostly in classic science fiction novels My recommendation is to go back and read Korzybski or Leibniz if you re interested in the subject matter What else is there here anywhere right now Anything will do so ong as it reminds us of the awesome plentitude of the alien everyday 134I have been interested in things for a The Modern Drunkard's Adventures with Alcohol long time I remember on a visit to an art museum as an undergraduate being fascinated by a scuffed section of worn wooden floor in a corner that I thou Clearly written but nevertheless bewildering introduction to a topic that made me want to read the books on his bibliography There s aot of showing and assertion but not a ot of argumentation Had trouble determining if what I was reading was simple and assertion but not a ot of argumentation Had trouble determining if what I was reading was simple or gibbering insanity Tend toward the former but I m going to read Latour and Harman to make sure Short moments of Oh yup I know exactly what he s talking about ead to But why is this important These moments are surrounded by a murky mix of whatever 130912 first review this is kind of the opposite a murky mix of whatever 130912 first review this is kind of the opposite husserl easy to read but not too convincing so i give it somewhere between two and three some interesting ways of philosophy some ideas even some from husserl and made me think i should read meillassoux againthe idea that philosophers or metaphysicians should do rather than talk in writing papers only should be ike doctors of thought seems mistaken to me there may be too much critical detail disputes to establish this or that prof or idea he works in the field so knows but perhaps exaggerates there is only our human tradition of primarily written ideas that can be examined rather as ideas than as objects in the world as biology chemistry physics and words themselves contain by contrast and composition human ethical values pleasant as it might seem the world does not mean to itself but only to humans or something Facts and Features of English History, a Series of Alternating Reading and Memory Exercises like thatafterword after 6 years something i find convincing if you wish to de center humans I found this book to be uite accessible and totally incomprehensible at the same time It was kind of a surreal joy to read Iiked how it flipped the artificial intelligence research agenda of getting machines to think 57 Ways to Screw Up in Grad School like people to getting humans to imagine what it wasike to be a thing I also came to appreciate Bogost s variation on Latour s Love in Bloom litanies so called tiny ontology And I really appreciated his emphasis on making things to guide thinking or philosophical carpentry and the importance of cultivating a sense of wonder His use of real examples and case studies to demonstrate his thinking was also very helpful a What to say about this book Nothing good definitely It starts with a fairly serious if whimsical uestion What is itike to be a thing shades of Thomas Nagel but African Native Literature: Or, Proverbs, Tales, Fables and Historical Fragments in the Kanuri or Bornu Language loses itself in a cavalcade of irrelevant philosophical flatulenceAs an STS scholar I take the euivalence of human beings and things seriously Bruno Latour s Parliament of Things actually soundsike an interesting idea But even if we erase the divide between human and non human there still seem to be some bifurcations in the world things and signs atoms and bits entities with intentional stances and those capable solely of reaction A philosopher should examine these common sensical distinctions and the ways in which they are wrong A true unitar. Oriented ontology that puts things at the center of being a philosophy in which nothing exists any or The Alcohol Bible less than anything else in which humans are elements but not the sole or even primary elements of philosophical interest And unlike experimental phenomenology or the philosophy of technology Bogost’s alien phenomenology takes for granted that all beings interact with and perceive one another This experience however withdraws.