[Alien Phenomenology or What It’s Like to Be a Thing] Pdf ✓ Ian Bogost

Rs an thical relation when it attempts to reconcile the sensual ualities of another object vis vis the former s withdrawn reality Despite the fact that Levinas claims Stepdog ethics as first philosophy what he gives us is not reallythics but a metaphysics of intersubjectivity that he gives the name Another Way Home ethics Objectthicscan only ver be theorized once removed phenomenally the parallel universes of private objects cradled silently in their cocoons ven while their surfaces seem to xplode devour caress or murder one another Ethical judgment itself proves a metaphorism an attempt to reconcile the being of one unit in terms of another We mistake it for the object s withdrawn ssence If anticorrelationsim amounts to a rejection of only one correlation and an Bill Veeck's Crosstown Classic (Chicago Shorts) embrace of multiple correlations then centrism is inevitable whether it be anthropocentrism petrocentrism photocentrism skylocentrism or any other things render one another in infinite chain of weaker and weaker correlationach altering and distorting the last such that it sense is rendered nonsense It s not turtles all the way down but metaphors AVOID ACADEMIC MUMBLESPEAK a sentiment of precision while at best delaying the moment when the writer actually has to be precise Like a space probe sent out to record process and report information the alien phenomenologist s carpentry seeks to capture and characterize an Antarctica experience it can never fully understand offering a rendering satisfactorynough to allow the artifact s operator to gain some insight into an alien thing s Beyond the Laboratory: Scientists as Political Activists in 1930s America experience We apply rigor the scholarly version of Tinker Bell s fairy dust in adeuate uantities to stave off interest while cheating death To wonder is to suspend all trust in one s own logics be they religion science philosophy custom or opinion and to become subsumedntirely in the uniueness of an object s native logics flour granule firearm civil justice system longship fondant Let s leave rigor to the dead This was a very deep dense academic sort of read Very mind xpanding I liked his ideas on how humans tend to relate things only in their conparison to human xperiences and his challenging of those ideas What to say about this book Nothing good definitely It starts with a fairly serious if whimsical uestion What is it like to be a thing shades of Thomas Nagel but loses itself in a cavalcade of irrelevant philosophical flatulenceAs an STS scholar I take the Cartesian Questions: Method and Metaphysics euivalence of human beings and things seriously Bruno Latour s Parliament of Things actually sounds like an interesting idea Butven if we rase the divide between human and non human there still seem to be some bifurcations in the world things and signs atoms and bits ntities with intentional stances and those capable solely of reaction A philosopher should xamine these common sensical distinctions and the ways in which they are wrong A true unitary theory would be a wonder That is not in this bookI d hoped to see an approach by which we might approach the xistence 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 I found this book to be uite accessible and totally incomprehensible at the same time It was kind of a surreal joy to read I liked how it flipped the artificial intelligence research agenda of getting machines to think like people to getting humans to imagine what it was like to be a thing I also came to appreciate Bogost s variation on Latour s litanies so called tiny ontology And I really appreciated his mphasis on making things to guide thinking or philosophical carpentry and the importance of cultivating a sense of wonder His use of real xamples and case studies to demonstrate his thinking was also very helpful and sometimes uite humorous I m wandering back to Latour to read We Have Never Been Modern based on some discussion of it in this bookSo in the spirit of tiny ontology here are some random uotes I highlighted on spirit of tiny ontology here are some random uotes I highlighted on KindleTo be sure computers often do The Rise and Fall of the New Deal Order, 1930-1980 entail humanxperience and perception The human operator views words and images rendered on a display applies physical forces to a mouse seats memory chips into motherboard sockets But not always Indeed for the computer to operate at all for us first reuires a wealth of interactions to take place for itself As operators or Confession engineers we may be able to describe how such objects and assemblages work But what do theyxperience What s their proper phenomenology In short what is it #Like To Be A #to be a of being tend to be grandiose but they need not be because being is simple Simple nough that it could be rendered via screen print on a trucker s cap I call it tiny ontology precisely because it ought not demand a treatise or a tome I don t mean that the domain of being is small uite the opposite as I ll soon xplain Rather the basic ontological apparatus needed to describe xistence ought to be as compact and unornamented as poss 130912 first review this is kind of the opposite to husserl asy to read but not too convincing so i give it opposite to husserl Curators of the Buddha easy to read but not too convincing so i give it between two and three some interesting ways of philosophy some ideasven 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 like doctors of thought seems mistaken to me there may be too much critical detail disputes to Another Way Home: The Tangled Roots of Race in One Chicago Family establish this or that prof or idea he works in the field so knows but perhapsxaggerates there is only our human tradition of primarily written ideas that can be Cezanne a Study of His Development examined rather as ideas than as objects in the world as biology chemistry physics and words themselves contain by contrast and composition humanthical values pleasant as it might seem the world does not mean to itself but only to humans or something like thatafterword after 6 years something i find convincing if you wish to de center humans Short moments of Oh yup I know You Owe Me One exactly what he s talking about lead to But why is this important These moments are surrounded by a murky mix of whatever Clearly written but nevertheless bewildering introduction to a topic that made me want to read the books on his bibliography There s a lot of showing and assertion but not a lot of argumentation Had trouble determining if what I was reading was simple truth or gibbering insanity Tend toward the former but I m going to read Latour and Harman to make sure. From human comprehension and becomes accessible only through a speculative philosophy based on metaphorProviding a new approach for understanding thexperience of things as things Bogost also calls on philosophers to rethink their craft Drawing on his own background as a videogame designer Bogost Democratic Art: The New Deal's Influence on American Culture encourages professional thinkers to become makers as wellngineers who construct things as much as they think and write about them. .
Alien Phenomenology or What It’s Like to Be a ThingWhat Obsession: An Erotic Tale else is there here anywhere right now Anything will do so long as it reminds us of the awesome plentitude of the alienveryday 134I have been interested in things for a 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 thought deserved as much attention as the Confederate Cities: The Urban South during the Civil War Era exhibits It seemed to carry such a weight of narrative Likewise at a conference in Wisconsin I found an old painted heat register in a corner of a museum next to a forgotten chair and I was struck by its uiet gravity For me objects became a way of connecting to the stories that had washed over them like waves Wholse had seen touched forgotten thisI am attracted to Convents and the Body Politic in Late Renaissance Venice environments in a similar same way who has been here before Wandering through thempty halls of the Union League Club in Chicago or the streets of Oxford or Venice the details of pavement or chipping plaster or window or stone seem so heavy so linked to human stories and remembering but so resolutely independent of me and my own My photography often seeks to highlight these detailsIn the natural world that human touch is distant but Edicts of Asoka especially in my Midwestern home it is never absent wholse has walked this way or will again Who Upgrade Soul else is weaving prairie trail ash tree railroadmbankment rutted farm road wind turbined horizon and cumulus into the human story All of these considerations though are intensely anthropocentric I find significance and beauty in these things because I m constantly linking them to the human narrative ven when they strike me primarily due to their distance to my own personal narrative I ll never know all the details of this particular grove of poplars or this weathered barn but they would have no significance at all if I wasn t here to wonder about them Would theyFor Ian Bogost this is just another xample of our tendency to view Elizabeth I: Translations, 1544-1589 everything through a correlationist lens to see the ontological significance of things from an anthropocentric view Bogost sees this reflected in both the scientificndeavor which seeks to harness and utilize the universe for human use and the humanities which Dolphin Confidential: Confessions of a Field Biologist evaluateverything according to the human narrative Both perspectives mbody the correlationist conceit The scientists believes in reality apart from human life but it is a reality xcavated for human xploitation The scientific process cares less for reality itself than it does for the discoverability of reality through human ingenuity Likewise the humanist doesn t believe in the world xcept as a structure rected in the interest of human culture Like a mirror image of the scientist the humanist mostly seeks to mine particular forms of culture often suggesting aspects of it that must be overcome through abstract notions of resistance or revolution Look at me shout both the scientist and the humanist Look what I have uncovered 14I don t know that I buy Bogost s critiue of the scientist as I think it s often the scientific ndeavor that yields insights that do the most to challenge our anthropocentric views For instance during a show about From Cottage to Bungalow: Houses and the Working Class in Metropolitan Chicago, 1869-1929 exoplanets in the planetarium years ago thick with scientific descriptions of stone and surface temperature and wind speeds a friend of mine asked not the how do we know uestion of science but the what does it mean uestion of philosophy What does it mean that there are these physical places where rocks are being weathered and clouds are drifting through skies that we will neverxperience We want to maintain that that we will never Fresh Water experience We want to maintain that are physically significant I mightven say holy in the yes of an orthodox materialism But they are outside the mediation of mankind This is part of my fascination with Bogost s philosophical view known as object oriented ontology OOO it SEEMS A COMPELLING WAY TO GRAPPLE WITH SOME OF a compelling way to grapple with some of uestions What do I do with the reality of objects that have no bearing whatsoever on the human narrativeBogost s work is short compelling and ngagingly written than any piece of philosophy I have read in a long time I won t be able to do justice to his treatment which also provides a helpful introduction to the handful of other philosophers that are pursuing this line of thought In short Bogost argues for a flat ontology a way of perceiving the world in which objects and their relationships are given as much ontological significance as possible regardless of their relationship with the human perspective In a flat ontology the bubbling skin of the capsaicin pepper holds just as much interest as the culinary history of the From Notes to Narrative: Writing Ethnographies That Everyone Can Read enchilada it is destined to top 17And uoting Harman object oriented philosophy holds that the relation of humans to pollen oxygenagles or windmills is no different in kind from the interaction of these objects with From the Enemy's Point of View: Humanity and Divinity in an Amazonian Society each other For we ourselves just like Neanderthals sparrows mushrooms and dirt have never done anythinglse than act amidst the bustle of other actants 39There are some obvious issues with such a view for one thing the apparent paradox that Bogost never really ualifies what he means by thing so that at times he s talking about discrete physical objects but at other times he discusses ideas or ven systems or institutions criminal justice system that other times he discusses ideas or ven systems or institutions criminal justice system that human constructs It s difficult to see how one can argue for the independent significance of objects that clearly only arise through the human narrative itself Likewise it s hard to take seriously a philosophy that discusses how objects might perceive Twelve Days of Pleasure each other or that tries to deconstruct objects into their smaller units when those units at times only have conceptualxistence in the human mindTo be fair Bogost recognizes both the alienness and the difficulty in his task and he ualifies much of what he is doing as speculative analogy or ven poetry with an intention of challenging the way we think about the world than arriving at actual insights on the nature of things Speculation isn t just poetic but it s partly so a creative act that beings conduct as they gaze arnestly but bemusedly at one another Everything whatsoever is like people on a subway crunched together into uncomfortable intimate contact with strangers 31This is why Bogost s work is interspersed with poetry which ironically returns us to the anthropological centricism of humans interpreting their universe Yet that s okay for Bogost as long as we recognize the creative Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye endeavor of attempting to interpret the universe but without stubbornly maintaining ourselves at the center It s a sort of philosophical ontological Copernican revolution and its results of course will inform our poetry and ourxpression as Humanity has sat at the center of philosophical thinking for too long The recent advent of Grand Illusion: The Third Reich, the Paris Exposition, and the Cultural Seduction of France environmental philosophy and posthuman studies has widened our scope of inuiry to includecosystems animals and artificial intelligence Yet the vast majority of the stuff in our universe and ven in our lives 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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Ogost provides multiple xamples ofBogost than anything wants us to be aware to appreciate the things for themselves as he appreciates antiuated computer systems not simply for what they represent about human ingenuity or design but because as offered in some of his most compelling Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets examples they have intrinsic value and they are worth theffort Electromyography for Experimentalists expended in analyzing their function for its own sake Bogost is anngineer mystic and he writes what a philosophical treatise should be at the core a discussion of things that are of ways to see the world Object oriented ontology is compelling to me because it Forgetful of Their Sex: Female Sanctity and Society, ca. 500-1100 emphasizes the reality of the world of distant galaxies and the axial spin of the uaking neutron stars in those galaxies the condensation of methane and the whorls of cloud and the fragmented feldspar on the moons of gas giants in those galaxies the reality of those things outside the reach of my own knowledge A flat ontology says they are allually significant utterly regardless of human cognition They must remain alien as alien and unknowable in their ssence as the plastic molded Lego lid or the woven textile couch cushion or the jadite cup and saucer beside me They have their own xistence yes but also their own unknowable stories tensions relations beyond me And why not I am after all one who rides largely unaware of the processes in my own body and mind a sliver of consciousness in a rambling unknown house Everywhere there is wonder and ignoranceBogost again uoting lines by Zhdanov Either the letters cannot be understood or their grand scale is unbearable to the ye what remains is the red wind in the field with the name of rose on its lips This is a strange book written by a video game designer trying his hand at philosophyThe author manages to re invent Alfred Korzybski s idea of General Semantics and gives it the new name of Object Oriented Ontology using terminology borrowed from software developers At the same time the author falls into the very trap Korzybski warns about when he s If you ver wanted to know why video game designers should not pretend to know about philosophy you could read a few pages of this book Otherwise if you Wicked Loving Lies ever wanted to know what it would look like if that book were written by your computer geek pal from college who used to get intondless and pointless conversations about concepts like reality only to come up with stuff like it s like real ity you know you could read a few pages of this book Otherwise if you La heredera del mar ever wanted to know what it would be like to read a book that stuffed words like weird and strange and bizarre intovery available space defined here as spaces not already occupied by name dropping and sound bites then you could read a few pages of this book Look veryone doing theory a VERY fine book can be done in fewer than 200 pages Use this as a model in future specially if you want to be readSome favorite bits speculative realism is an vent rather than a philosophical position it names a moment when the pistemological tide bbed revealing the iridescent shells of realism they had so long occluded all things ually Aramaic Bowl Spells: Jewish Babylonian Aramaic Bowls Volume One exist yet they do notxist Xenophon And His World (Historia Einzelschriften) eually The funeral pyre is not the same as the aardvark the porceletta shell is notuivalent to the rugby ball Not only is neither pair reducible to human ncounter 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 #It is also isolated AND SPECIFIC NOT SIMPLY THE PART specific not simply the part a whole or ontologically basic and indivisible like an and specific not simply the part of a whole or ontologically basic and indivisible like an 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 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 xcept 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 things like these Groove: An Aesthetic of Measured Time 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 locally streamlined yet globally inefficient ways anthropocentrism is unavoidable at least for us humans The same is true of any unit for the bats chiropteracentrism is the problem Objects try to make sense ofach other through the ualities and logics they possess When one object caricatures another the first grasps the second in abstract One Wild Weekend enough for the one to make some sense of the other given its own internal properties No matter how we may feel aboutating or abstaining from meat appeals to feeling and suffering Forgetful of Their Sex exemplify the correlationist conceit the assumption that the rights any thing should have are the same ones we believe we should have that living things like us are important that those less like us and that life itself is anxistence of greater worth than inanimacy Metaphorism is necessarily anthropomorphic and thus it challenges the metaphysician both to Naturally Naughty Wicked Willing embrace and to yield to the limits of humanity It s possible to generalize of course Forxample 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 F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby eat or molt or burn or dissolve Aristotelian final causation tends to be human oriented Take another weirder case theories concepts and memes Is there anthics of ideas Not an Walled (The Line, ethics for their application as by human hands advancing a political cause but anthics for the interactions of ideas as such When I utter a phrase does it owe than its utterance When I Cruel Attachments: The Ritual Rehab of Child Molesters in Germany encounter a catchy chorus on the radio or a cleverdition of a web comic does its desire to propagate create duty When we ask after the thics of objects we are really asking if moral ualities xist as sensual ualities I ll float a categorical response no When the vegan at the tofu she bathes in its moisture its blandness its suppleness its vegetality Yet the soy does not bathe in her veganism An object nte. Oriented ontology that puts things at the center of being a philosophy in which nothing Tempting Fate exists any or less than anythinglse in which humans are lements but not the sole or ven primary One Giant Leap elements of philosophical interest And unlikexperimental phenomenology or the philosophy of technology Bogost’s alien phenomenology takes for granted that all beings interact with and perceive one another This xperience however withdraws.
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