By Tim Morton, from “Object as Temporary Autonomous Zones”:
Richard Dawkins, Pat Robertson, Lady Gaga all have to deal with global warming and mass extinction, somehow. We now live in an Age of Asymmetry marked by a skewed, spiraling relationship between vast knowledge and vast nonhuman things–both become vaster and vaster because of one another and for the same reasons. This means that coming up with the perfect attitude or the perfect aesthetic prescription just won’t work any more. Even the most hardened anthropocentrist now has to pay through the nose for basic food supplies, and has to use more sunscreen. Whether he knows it or acknowledges it, he is already acting with regard towards nonhumans.