“In a vital materialism, an anthropomorphic element in perception can uncover a whole world of resonances and resemblances – sounds and sights that echo and bounce far more than would be possible were the universe to have a hierachical structure. We at first may see only a world in our own image, but what appears nect is a swarm of “talented” and vibrant materialities (including the seeing self). A touch of anthropomorphism, then, can catalyze a sensibility that finds a world filled not with ontologically distinct categories of beings (subjects and objects) but with variously composed materialities that form confederations. Anthropomorphising oddly enough, works against anthropocentrism. A chord is struck between person and thing, and I am no longer above or outside an …”environment”.”
Jane Bennett, Vibrant Matter



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