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Earthbodies: Rediscovering Our Planetary Senses Hardcover – July, 2002
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Mazis s vision destroys the sickly detachment and alienation engendered by the psycho-physical dualism endemic in our culture which includes scientism: the view, unsupportable by science, that only science can know. A number of his insights are absolutely novel and liberating, e.g., that the electronic virtual reality of today is just an extension of who we are already beings charged by potentiality, ideality, fiction. But, there s a horrifying danger in it that we will become obsessed by virtual reality and tear to pieces our roots as ancient whole bodies in a whole earth. Marvelously, Mazis contrasts his dancing logic and the traditional diabolical logic. By the latter he means the systematic and by now-so-habitual-as-to-be-invisible denial of the palpable. And what is that? The way the universe has evolved us by palpating our bodies: nursing, coaxing, stopping, molding, guiding, luring, regenerating us. The regenerating dancing of earthbodies in the embrace of the palpating earth must be ritualized to ever-regenerate us in a world in which our substance can deliquesce and dissipate without our knowing what s happening. Bruce Wilshire, author of Fashionable Nihilism: A Critique of Analytic Philosophy
This is how philosophy should be done: lyrical, full of care, thoughtful, modest in tone while ambitious in conception. A work that exemplifies that phenomenology can contribute to the cultural conversation. It ignores today s intellectual fashions and pretensions, and has real ideas that offer an antidote to our rushed civilization. Robert Frodeman, editor of Earth Matters: The Earth Sciences, Philosophy, and the Claims of Community"
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