A key feature of quantum theory [is that] it deals with probabilities rather than certainties, not because we lack absolute knowledge, but because some aspects of Nature are, at their very heart, governed by the laws of chance.
Apparently infants came into the world with a gift for mind reading, an instinct that faded once they began to grasp the meaning of words
From his point of view, books were a medium for language as well as total works of art whose handcrafting was a vital element so that the creator could fully achieve his or her intention; at the time, Amsterdam was the ideal place to carry this out, because books were getting “cheaper, easier to read and easier to make.”
So yes let’s think about the agency of horses and forests and planets. Let’s think about the agency of the elements: earth, air, fire, water. Let’s stop surrendering to an apocalypse we secretly desire. That’s the easy way out. Repair and composition are harder – especially because we are broken ourselves. We’ve created a system that keeps breaking people, that thrives on breaking humans and worlds, that wounds in mind and body those who live with us now and those yet to come. Fixing what we keep breaking is surely the antidote to melancholia, the best way to live with rather than be consumed by fire and ice. And maybe we would feel more compelled to repair rather than consign if we saw better the agency and power of the nonhuman.