Tarrying With The Possible – Part 1: Possitopia

In my talk ‘Global Weirding & Deep Adaptation‘ I played with the suggestion that there is a wider spectrum of adaptive options for envisioning the future than what can be gleaned from the two most popular clusters of tropes, which can loosely be labeled ‘techno-utopian’ and ‘retro-primitivist,’ respectively. Instead I argued for fleshing out deeper […]

What is The Back Loop?

I think it’s safe to assume that things are not going very well on this planet. In fact, things have not gone very well for a large number of people in several different regions for quite some time.  Despite the benefits of industrial civilization it has also created numerous problems and incredible challenges: massive disparities […]

On Feral Philosophy

Nostalgia overflows me as I write this… I’m remembering the free exchanges of half-baked ideas and irreverent attitudes that animated the theory blogosphere in the late 2000s—during the early days of what was tentatively regarded as “speculative realism.”  The frenetic dialogues and debates among learned scholars, enthusiastic amateurs, and so many other critics and supporters, […]

Global Weirding & Deep Adaptation

The following is a revised and slightly expanded version of a talk I gave at the Wyrd/Patchwork #2 event put on by Punctum, in Prague, Czech Republic on October 26, 2018. The conference was organized by the folks at Diffractions Collective. You can watch a video of the original here. Feedback is encouraged and appreciated. […]

From The Ruins

This essay was written in 2014, and since it’s original publication the authors’ interpretations have shifted in significant ways — although never abandoning the position that post-conventional understandings of human language and communication (afforded by some variant of what I would prefer to call epistemic humility) is a point of departure for more embodied & […]

Be not afraid

“Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.” ― William James