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August 27, 2012 / Genetically Modified Storytelling

Quotations from The Windup Girl

Gibbons says:

“The ecosystem unravelled when man first went a-seafaring.  When we first lit fires on the broad savannas of Africa.  We have only accelerated the phenomenon.  The food web you talk about is nostalgia, nothing more.  Nature…  We are nature.  Our every tinkering is nature, our every biological striving.  We are what we are, and the world is ours.  We are its gods.  Your only difficulty is your unwillingness to unleash your potential fully upon it.”  (243)

“We have released demons upon the world, and your walls are only as good as my intellect.  Nature has become something new.  It is ours now, truly.  And if our creation devours us, how poetic will that be?”  (247)

This reminds me of Tim Morton on “nature”—how the term and the human/nature distinction have been skunked, rendered meaningless by fuzzy polemics, on the one hand, and by the very technologies that allow us to challenge any position anterior to human manipulation.

Can’t wait for the sequel…


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