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What if it was possible for humans to guide their own cognitive evolution in ways that other animals can not?
If we embraced the idea that we are indeed agents in our own cognitive evolution what might become possible? What do we wish we could finally get our minds around? Where would these new ways of thinking take us? Would we attempt to witness and activate our own transformative evolution on a cellular level? What would happen if we tipped our cognitive pathways towards deep geologic time? Towards a way of living that completely re-orients who we are in relation to the planet as a geologic force. It sounds a bit like a Ballard novel, but instead of reverting back to previous geologic times, such as the Jurassic of The Drowned World, we could also imagine forward, towards new epochs and who we might become as a species 10,000, 100,000 or even a million years from now.
Perhaps our evolution as a species isn’t about superficially “going green” or self-referential (self-comforting) lifestyle changes. What if we began to imagine and actually embody completely new ways of relating to the earth as a dynamic force that far exceeds us. What if the stepping off point for our efforts to “understand” and move in accord with the earth’s forces was a keenly felt sense of the reality of deep time? Friends of the Pleistocene is an attempt to create just such a starting place.
This Thursday FOP will be attending Cabinet Magazine’s The Art of Teaching at the organization’s Brooklyn space. Perhaps this event will generate additional insights to these ideas. We’ll report back if so.
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