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since “we” are reading Martin Hedegger’s Being and Time (in English)…

Starting at low-battery output,

UNVEILING I. Here’s a magic fireplace, with dancing 2-colour flames

  • veiled (you’re right, because my very own hand shook; but the glass IS double):

  • unveiled (well, almost, because the camera used is way too slow):

guess where, at a local Tim Horton’s

Hoopla!!! for their 50th Anniversary this year 🙂 🙂 🙂




UNVEILING II. A “relative” (throwing in some Indigenous/Buddhist understanding — to which, on certain points, Heidegger seems to be quite close)

  • approach respectfully,

  • closer,

  • now from the other side,

  • a little more…

at which point the relative was gone. Disclosure foreclosed.


UNVEILING III. You don’t get what you may expect

  • enter reverently (for Prof Heidegger was trained initially in theology, right?)

  • look to your left, yes a tree sprawled on the ground, and why not?!

  • straight ahead, you might think you’d step into the light of full disclosure,

but No, just the busy road to the East of our ownmost High Park.

My beautiful picture

Ah, well…

By way of compensation, I walked further South toward the lake, to select a more artistic shot, such as the graffiti in the underpass, not forgetting a vehicular sample — see how fast it was,

…or how slow the camera   🙂 🙂 🙂


Following a blogging break, I’m as happy as I’m relieved to say that, after multiple versions since over a year ago, the modest 8 pages + Refs are out in the webo-sphere:  CJC Vol 37, No 3 (2012)

The issue is titled “Digital Life,” which–ironically–is very true of the possibility of biotechnological virtualization of our species, and of all the rest, naturally.

The gist of it all is that, leveraging off Becoming Biosubjects: Bodies. Systems. Technologies by Neil Gerlach, Sheryl N. Hamilton, Rebecca Sullivan, & Priscilla L. Walton (Toronto Uni Press, 2011), I visualize an existential continuum of all “known” levels of (non)bio-morphological complexity, mapping onto it macro-biological subjectivity, micro-biological and genetic subjectivity, and geosubjectivity.

If the first two kinds can be subsumed under the “biosubjectivity” represented in the book, the third corresponds, for example, to the hydroelectric plant on the Rhine river being subject to “Enframing” (per Heidegger’s classic “The Question Concerning Technology” [Die Frage nach der Technik] ) or the planet’s climate being pushed out of balance, at least in part, due to earlier as well as more recent artefactual technologies.

The necessity for an ecological-evolutionary ethics becomes clear, since it could (and should, like a vast number of other human thought media) provide guidance to human thought and action in relating more wisely, and in fact fairly, to ourselves as well as any other co-member of our shared ecosystem–biotic and abiotic alike.

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I have to thank the editors for including in the opening paragraph of the essay the news that the book has been awarded the 2012 Gertrude J. Robinson Book Award of the Canadian Communication Association–I couldn’t agree more with the choice.

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new terms:

biosubjectivity – per the book relates to subjectivity that comes specifically with genetic technologies, in the latter part of the 20th century; to my mind, staying with the meaning of the lexical components, the term can encompass any kind of biological subjectivity, from the macrobiological to the gene/submolecular level.

geosubjectivity – applies to the abiotic component of the planet (and beyond, if we have to be thorough) and seems like a fit coinage to complement my broader use of biosubjectivity, so that the submolecular – planetary stretch of the existential continuum gets “covered.”

eco(logical)-evolutionary ethics – the composite qualifier foregrounds the organic entanglement of ecological interdependencies and evolutionary consequences, which ethics can be recruited to keep healthy, or at least healthier.


July 2020


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