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.