Permaculture and other antidotes to Descartes.

15 Apr

My interest in new media and science writing continues from an argument I have been having with Descartes for over two decades. In brief, the cosmologies, ideologies, and landscapes that have emerged from Cartesian perspectives harm the earth for two reasons:

1. His whole cogito (I think therefore I am) poses human intelligence as the pinnacle of being above bodily knowledge, animals, and the earth and thus seeks to sever humans from their connection to the earth.

2. The mechanistic concept of the universe embodied in his metaphor of God as the great watchmaker obscures the living nature of the earth.

Sandra Harding offers a theoretical solution. Her standpoint theory aims to enlarge objectivity by including the perspectives of those previously marginalized, silenced, deemed inferior or mute.

Practical solutions are emerging in places such as the New Forest Institute and the Transition Network, which are based on permaculture: a design system rooted in ecology.


One Response to “Permaculture and other antidotes to Descartes.”


  1. Why? « public science new media - April 23, 2012

    […] do I do this? One reason is my long-standing argument with Descartes. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:LikeBe the first to like this […]

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