Beyond the Known by Tri Thong Dang download in iPad, ePub, pdf
But these experiences were nothing compared with the extreme reactions seen in notorious sensory deprivation experiments in the midth Century. Our maps must be the kind sketched in the dust with a stick, washed away by the next rain. Ecocide demands a response.
National Geographic, Penelope Hobhouse. When they emerged from the experiment they found it hard to shake this altered sense of reality, convinced that the whole room was in motion, or that objects were constantly changing shape and size.
After only a few hours, the students became acutely restless. It is writing for outsiders. Such mental failures should perhaps not surprise us. With stories, with art, with symbols and layers of meaning, we stalk those elusive aspects of reality that go undreamed of in our philosophy. Apes who have constructed a sophisticated myth of their own importance with which to sustain their civilising project.
The two are intimately linked. He is now deputy energy minister of Iraq. It is the story of human centrality, of a species destined to be lord of all it surveys, unconfined by the limits that apply to other, lesser creatures. Even here, we go carefully, for cartography itself is not a neutral activity. The reasons are still unclear.
Above all, it is determined to shift our worldview, not to feed into it. We failed in all of it, and our failure destroyed more than we were even aware of. Their mental performance suffered too, struggling with arithmetic and word association tests. This, then, is Uncivilised writing.
Humans have always lived by stories, and those with skill in telling them have been treated with respect and, often, a certain wariness. In such a moment, writers, artists, poets and storytellers of all kinds have a critical role to play.
They minimised what they could feel, see, hear and touch, fitting them with translucent visors, cotton gloves and cardboard cuffs extending beyond the fingertips. His sleep-wake cycles had almost doubled in length. Getty Images As well as their time-shifts, Siffre and Montalbini reported periods of mental instability too. Their art remains stuck in its own civilised bubble. The edges of the streams were worked in stripes, and between them stones bright as crystal gave the illusion of water, the size of the pebbles being what pearls might be.
Uncivilised writing is more rooted than any of these. This is what we are here for.
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