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DARWIN, DOGEN, AND THE EXTREMOPHILE CHOICE
Fifty Short Essays On What it Means to be Human in the Natural World
The book develops and expands on the themes introduced on this website. But also, as the inclusion of Dogen in the title implies, more attention is given to our “bodyminds” as cultural animals. The “two trees” analogy, comparing and contrasting cultural intelligence (the “tree of knowledge”) with evo-ecological intelligence (the “tree of life”), helps us to explore our human creativity — its origins as an escape from Natural regulation, and the consequences of this escape for both the Natural world and for our own human future.
|Dimensions||22 × 18 × 3 cm|
I agree with what you say as a general statement. But in the book I try to approach the “something went wrong” bit from 2 different directions: 1) Darwin’s initiation of the evo-ecological study of species allows for an interpretation of ‘progressive technology’ as an adaptation that defeats the Natural process of speciation altogether, and 2) Dogen’s body-mind psychology allows us to encounter Nagarjuna’s ‘two truths’ through meditative insight; this means we can see directly how conceptuality, the small ‘r’ truth specific to technological creativity, makes us different from all ‘other species’.
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