Human Thought at Earth Magnitude

Timothy Morton’s keynote lecture is entitled ‘Human Thought at Earth Magnitude’. ‘My friend Douglas Kahn recently coined the phrase ‘Earth magnitude’. When we scale up to Earth magnitude, very interesting things happen to thinking. Far from making supposed universalistic generalisations, as many still assume ecological statements to be, thought at Earth magnitude is highly accurate and specific. Yet it is also deeply entwined with paradox in such a way that it reveals something basic to the structure of thought: a loop form, which I take to be the structure of being anything at all: a logical system, a solar ray, an electromagnetic shield, an aurora, an oil refinery. Moreover, Earth magnitude is the correct scale on which to think something seemingly near to us, yet in fact more distant than Sagittarius A: human being as such.’

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