Perception, according to Merleau-Ponty, is nothing other than this reciprocity, this mutual reverberation and blending in which the surrounding terrain is experienced by me only to the extent that I feel myself caught up within and experienced by those surroundings.
1067 blocks • 7 days ago
I’ve been going into something I’m calling Deep Queerness in ecology. How the fact that our very multicellular bodies are the product of the anarchic merger by single-celled bacteria, a permanent lovemaking. I’m interested in lichen, as replacing this very narrow idea of sacred marriage, which is composed of algae and fungi and bacteria that forego their singular selves and their species line, to fuse into something totally different. And lichen are usually the first species in wildfire obliterated zones and rocky zones in disaster realms, that they go in and terraform and create new soil and underpin the emergence of new life. And it’s really interesting that this symbiotic merger often underpins the ability of new worlds to come into being.