Timothy Morton: Haunted houses (March 14, 2016)



Timothy Morton argues that everything is haunted, if only we would notice. The “Subtle Abuse” remix of Björk’s “Hyperballad,” segues into a critique of the anthropocentric view derived from agricultural religion, and its arbitrary axioms constricting our experience of space, time and causality. Morton stresses that the longing for a simple solution to problems is part of the problem. Similarly, it’s the concept of survival that has brought the Earth to the verge of collapse. Ecological awareness, on the other hand, provides a way towards solidarity with non-human beings that isn’t motivated by sentimental anthropomorphizing, but by waking up to who we actually are–an assembly of human and non-human components. Morton concludes, “We should pray to be haunted. We should pray to be Scooby-Doo.”

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