Friday, August 10, 2007

Baudrillard Quote, Cool Memories 1990

I read this quote from the second edition of Jean Baudrillard's 'Selected Writings' (ed, Mark Poster):

'If we consider the superiority of the human species, the size of its brain, its powers of thinking, language, and organization, we can say this: were there the slightest possibility that another rival or superior species might appear on earth or elsewhere, man would use every means at his disposal to destroy it. Human's won't tolerate any other species - not even a superhuman one: they see themselves as the climax and culmination of the earthly enterprise, and they keep a vigorous check on any new intrusion in the cosmological process. Now there is no reason why this process should come to a halt with the human species, but, by universalizing itself (though only over a few thousand years) that species has more or less fixed it that an end be put to the occurrence of the world, assuming for itself all the possibilities of further evolution, reserving for itself a monopoly of natural and artificial species.' p223

Now there is a lot in this quote, but what struck me, unsurprisingly, was the closeness of Baudrillard to Deleuze, which comes from their indebtedness to Nietzsche. I do not have the time at present, but I think the connections (and deviations) between Deleuze and Baudrillard has so far been unexplored, and a worthwhile event. Either I have not come across a book that takes this analysis, or maybe one still does not exist? This is why the next few months the blog's main focus is (attempting) to find connections and deviations between these two french thinkers. You never know, there might even be a book that emerges out of this!

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