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What paragraph clarifies or confuses? What context can you give it?

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 10:49am

“While some assemblages of cells thought of themselves as discrete organisms, like Homo sapiens, many others enjoyed the playful versatility of life. Bacteria conjugated at will, slime molds came together in exuberant and playful formations, fungi carried on with no attention to demarcating individuals, plants communicated with each other through the story of chemicals, primates spent endless time playing with and pleasuring each other. In contrast to Homo sapiens, who resolutely maintained species boundaries and a hierarchy of life, Homo impuritus embraced the fuzzy boundaries of species—with time they learned to communicate across species. They talked, loved, grieved, and related with plants, viruses, bacteria, rocks, oceans, animals, wind, fungi, and molecules to create new enclaves of rich and complex communities of life. In their exchanges with other species, they discovered preternatural and animate worlds— and soon they understood the existence of Avatara Lokam and the cycles of life and death.” 179-180

 

 

 

Subramaniam, Banu. 2019. Holy Science: The Biopolitics of Hindu Nationalism. University of Washington Press.

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What word has notable force for you? How could its force(s) be redirected?

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 10:48am

Implies something underground, below the surface – but a plants’ thigmatropic trendrils are exposed, above ground. Perhaps there are other possibilities for the etymology of ‘infrastructure’ … intrastructure? Or just, structure?

Subramaniam, Banu. 2019. Holy Science: The Biopolitics of Hindu Nationalism. University of Washington Press.

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