This quickly transitioned into the issue of Time – the only topic that recurred consistently throughout Morton’s speech. ‘What is Time?’ he asked himself, only to confidently declare that Time is basically a conception of rhythm, pulse and something to do with us personally since all personal identities are ‘suspended’ in Time, waiting to be validated by the social collective. Do you get it? No? Well, here are some of Morton’s references: (1) A song quote from Talking Heads: ‘I’m catching up with myself’ (Born Under Punches, from the album Remain in Light, 1980). Employed to prove that patches of Time are bound together in brief self-conscious realizations of existence. (2) A scene from one of the corniest comedies ever (Hot Shots, 1991) where actor Charlie Sheen is seen breaking the fourth wall to shout-out to his father – another actor in the scene – ‘I loved you in Wall Street!’ Which, for the record, Morton called the ‘funniest scene ever’ and brought little in terms of argumentation, but definitely something in terms of comic relief. (3) A comment on biological evolution, and how after the Big Bang, during the Great Oxygen Catastrophe of the Paleoproterozoic era (circa 2.4 billion years ago), cyanobacteria released huge amounts of oxygen into the atmosphere, leading to an ecological disaster that had the upside of paving the way for multicellular forms. Here, the conclusion was that ‘we are all fluids’ and Time is the recurrent ‘pulse’ inside all life, since the beginning. (4) Music again, in the form of a nutcase 80s music video if there ever was one: Grace Jones’s Slave to the Rhythm, from 1985. Paired with definitions of Time casually delivered by Morton such as: ‘present, meaning the past on repeat’.

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