THIS post had me reflecting on a few figures that I was looking into recently: Lynn Margulis, Marjorie Grene, and Grace De Laguna.
Highlights of the post:
The key idea Lynn Margulis is known for is symbiogenesis. Symbiogenesis
obviously takes the word symbiosis as its root. Symbiosis is simply
defined as two organisms living together that are different from each
other. Margulis writes “Different types of organisms stick together to
make a third kind of organism. This fusion is not random."
Zizek writes about Varela and Margulis in The Parallax View. Zizek
taking a cue from Schelling when he states that nature is horrifying and
antagonistic. Nature should never be looked at as some kind of whole
in perfect balance. There is no balance in nature, nature is an
imbalance, novelty exists because of the contradiction between expansion
Zizek writes that Lynn Margulis’s ideas and the
“evolutionary cognitivist” is the standard metaphysical “enigma of the
relationship between chaos and order, between the multiple and the One,
between parts and whole”. Of course a materialist must contend that
there is a fissure in being itself that will lead to subjectivity.
Zizek isn’t done with Margulis’s ideas. He of course uses these ideas
to explain his ideas of subjectivity or the hard kernel of
subjectivity. Zizek states that a consistent self is only virtual; and
that “it’s an inside that only appears from the outside”.