Sound Designer and Anthropology Student in Lawrence, Kansas


Sound Designer and Anthropology Student in Lawrence, Kansas

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ORCiD: 0000-0002-3147-9574

March 2016 co-presentation at the 39th Conference of the Society of Ethnobiology
"Expanding Horizons: Recognizing the Ontological Limits of Materialism"

We interrogate axiomatic materialism in scientific discourse and its role in the broadly inconclusive results of ethnomedical surveys and clinical trials of traditional treatments whose efficacy is otherwise well-documented in the ethnographic record. My concern is with the relation of ontology (cultural model of reality) to behavior.

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My sound design confronts those pervasive and ubiquitous technologies which threaten to dispose of the biosphere, as HAL 9000 disposed of Poole.

The distance which now separates each person from the next is as timeless and frigid as the vast abyss of space itself--this merits contemplation of the origins of our predicament and the ontology which accepts this as natural.

"Presence has an inverse relationship to language; it is most apparent when people are silent."
˙ ˙ John Zerzan

"For monkeys to speak of truth is hubris of the highest degree. Where is it writ large that talking-monkeys should be able to model the cosmos? If a sea urchin or a racoon were to propose to you that it had a viable truth about the universe, the absurdity of that assertion would be self-evident, but in our case we make an exception."

˙ ˙ Terence McKenna

"A universe purged of all threat of meaning, in a state of asepsis and weightlessness - it is this very perfection that is fascinating... we are dumbfounded by the perfection of the programming and the technical manipulation... Vertigo of the model, which unites with the model of death"
˙ ˙ Jean Baudrillard

"Bacteria don't respect political dogma any more than they recognize political boundaries and jurisdictions."
˙ ˙ Martin J. Blaser, M.D.

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    • University of Kansas