Imagine being a Professional Thinker and suddenly looking around and finding yourself in the present moment without having heard of either Bakker or Watts. What a bewildering experience it must be. Bakker would, I think, in particular laugh hollowly at anyone using a “bingo card”-style objection and point out that no one is immune to it, that any possible set of positions can be reduced to a heuristic. He would object only to the author’s own implied position that subjectivity can be rescued from bingocardization.
I see this financially driven destruction of human subjecthood as the culmination, and the turning inward and back upon ourselves, of a centuries-long process of slow mastery of the objects of our creation as they move through the natural environment.
This guy has apparently(?) not read The Master and His Emissary, either, but come to, in a limited sense, more or less the same conclusion.
Thanks for posting this. I find it interesting that pop stuff as alluded to above has seemingly better prepared me to understand the present moment than a Real Philosopher, although he is doing better on his own than I would do, probably, without the crutch of Other People’s Thinking.
My only consolation is that perhaps before we collapse into the Algorithmic Singularity, either the environment or industrial system will go first and remove the danger for the time being.