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How far apart are humans from animals—even the “vampire squid from hell”? Playing the scientist/philosopher/provocateur, Vilém Flusser uses this question as a springboard to dive into a literal and a philosophical ocean. “The abyss that separates us” from the vampire squid (or vampire octopus, perhaps, since Vampyroteuthis infernalis inhabits its own phylogenetic order somHow far apart are humans from animals—even the “vampire squid from hell”? Playing the scientist/philosopher/provocateur, Vilém Flusser uses this question as a springboard to dive into a literal and a philosophical ocean. “The abyss that separates us” from the vampire squid (or vampire octopus, perhaps, since Vampyroteuthis infernalis inhabits its own phylogenetic order somewhere between the two) “is incomparably smaller than that which separates us from extraterrestrial life, as imagined in science fiction and sought by astrobiologists,” Flusser notes at the outset of the expedition.Part scientific treatise, part spoof, part philosophical discourse, part fable, Vampyroteuthis Infernalis gives its author ample room to ruminate on human—and nonhuman—life. Considering the human condition along with the vampire squid/octopus condition seems appropriate because “we are both products of an absurd coincidence . . . we are poorly programmed beings full of defects,” Flusser writes. Among other things, “we are both banished from much of life’s domain: it into the abyss, we onto the surfaces of the continents. We have both lost our original home, the beach, and we both live in constrained conditions.”Thinking afresh about the life of an “other”—as different from ourselves as the vampire squid/octopus—complicates the linkages between animality and embodiment. Odd, and strangely compelling, Vampyroteuthis Infernalis offers up a unique posthumanist philosophical understanding of phenomenology and opens the way for a non-philosophy of life....

Title : Vampyroteuthis Infernalis: A Treatise, with a Report by the Institut Scientifique de Recherche Paranaturaliste
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ISBN : 9780816678228
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Number of Pages : 112 Pages
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Vampyroteuthis Infernalis: A Treatise, with a Report by the Institut Scientifique de Recherche Paranaturaliste Reviews

  • Jeff Nelson
    2018-11-08 17:54

    If you read one book about vampire squids from hell this year, make it this one. I learned more about humans and cephalopods in this slim volume than I would have on a cruise with Jacque Cousteau (and that is taking into consideration that he is dead and I do not speak French.) It is funny and insightful. It is thoughtfully written. It is a little gem.

  • Ryan
    2018-11-14 09:49

    By establishing the truly sublime Vampire Squid from Hell as the negative image of human culture and being in the world, the authors produce an elegantly wrought "fable" that up-ends how we traditionally see both human and animal subjectivity. Indeed, it is the vast distance (as we see it) between the vampyroteuthis and the human that is the productive force behind some of the work's most profound insights. This begins with the premise that "we are estranged from the earth, and it from the sky" and that we share "analogous alienations." This construction, marvelous in its simplicity, is the frame through which we see the monstrous image of the vampyroteuthis as both a figure of horror and an uncanny reflection of what is "vampyroteuthic" about us. It is easy, obviously, to get absorbed by the ideas in this book. Although there is just a bit of postmodern (post)uring (like putting parentheses in the middle of words) this small book contains an enormous amount of insight. It should also be said, as a warning, that, after reading it, you will be talking about vampire squids with your friends and loved ones probably just a little too much.

  • Simon
    2018-11-17 12:51

    Unfortunately, this seems pretty silly - and I cannot see its point. The philosophy is sophomoric (a lot of stuff about how we cannot be objective about what it is to be human merely because we are human). And the detailed descriptions of the biology of mollusks is boring and (for me at least) hard to follow.

  • Kári
    2018-10-23 12:59

    Definitely my favourite of the books I've read so far this year.

  • Derek
    2018-10-31 14:51

    http://www.5cense.com/16/472.htm

  • Stevie Hendrix
    2018-10-19 11:49

    Interesting and different perspective, scientific insight was nice, however it struck me more as a philosophical book than purely science. Opinions that were strange to swallow at first, and then became quite intriguing later for the piece.

  • Naísia
    2018-11-04 12:43

    Imaginem a equipe de cientistas que nomearam a espécie "Lula Vampira do Inferno"...Já eu, nunca gostei de crustáceos e moluscos:- Eles dão medo;- São servidos com olhos e patas - o que apenas conserva o fato de eles serem amedrontadores. - E possuem memória e capacidade de resolver problemas - o que os tornam ainda mais amedrontadores. Mas eu compraria esse livro pelas páginas 111 e 112. Está escrito nelas aquele tipo de coisa que te dá a nítida impressão de você escrevendo um trabalho acadêmico e usando. Piscadinha de leve pro Lukács, ainda por cima...Por fim, achei Flussér bem menos pós-modernista do que eu o julgava - embora, essencialmente pós-moderno; como todos nós. O primeiro termo, é escolha ideológica, o segundo, a condição de nosso tempo. __"O guarda do aquário, vendo o embaraço, toma a atitude de especialista: 'Não se preocupe, isso não passa de um molusco'. E se perguntamos 'Por que o senhor deu um pneu para ele brincar, como se fosse um chimpanzé, não um molusco?', o guarda engole uma exclamação de surpresa, diz coisa incompreensível, e afirma ser hora de fechar o aquário, conforme regulamento do sindicato ao qual pertence'.(p. 134)

  • Chris
    2018-11-13 17:37

    "Not only we vampyroteuthes but even a visitor from Mars could reconstruct human history from these [inanimate, informed objects; mnemonic aids]. Since it is soaked up by objective matter, human history is not properly intersubjective. It is an utter failure." p50

  • Andy
    2018-11-14 13:40

    Quite a novel Fiction Science thought experiment. Formally, a favorite, but I did feel it kept establishing expectations that it did not fulfill, so I ended up short of 5 stars. Still, a genre-setter that I'd love to pursue as a writer and reader.

  • H.d.
    2018-11-14 17:55

    Fábula fantástica, onde, através do relato de um monstro marinho de proporções também fabulosas Flusser nos leva a refletir sobre nós mesmos, num processo onde Freud dizia "quando Maria fala sobre José, aprendo muito mais sobre Maria que sobre José." Obra de ciência ficcional de deliciosa leitura.

  • Erin
    2018-11-03 16:51

    This is a me thing, mostly, but I couldn't help thinking "but they eat POOP" when reading descriptions of the vampyrotheuthis' violent nature. Other than that, I loved this.

  • Dirk
    2018-11-01 17:37

    If you want to learn about humans being in the world this book is for you. Excellent phenomenological stud of giant squids living in the deep see and their experience of the world. Very clever

  • Thomas T.M. Wentonik
    2018-10-20 09:54

    A "barophile," the vampire squid loves the pressure of the deep sea. Fantastic book. *To read again after revisiting Heidegger.

  • Benjamin
    2018-11-17 09:48

    Viva La Vida Vampyroteuthis Infernalis!