While I have been harping on Slime Dynamic’s many issues with engagement, it is important to note that there is a core of at least one (and possibly) several good ideas buried in its pages. At the conclusion of the last chapter, Woodard’s writing about slime and evolution is particularly eloquent:
Evolution is not only the stretching of our thinking, to absorb the components and capacity of the ooze of life but also the recognition that thought is only one outcome, one strata of nature itself and not the necessary end of nature’s work-towards-life. Whether life comes from elsewhere as a trans-galactic spore, or whether life’s individual configurations on separate worlds always lead to similar results, this does not account for the feedback of space and other forms of existence both organic and inorganic, on how we think life and how thinking life emerges of fails to emerge from ponds of swirling muck.
The teeming biological, if beginning from a unity and moving outwards, dividing into ever more chaotic and divergent forms creates a creeping abyss of biology, where reason is only one feature amidst a taloned and toothed pandemonium. (Woodard 52)
Woodard’s account of thought and reason as accidents of evolution, not inevitable outcomes of life itself, suggests a vector of exploration for a non-human rhetoric. Moreover, the overarching commitment to and passion for revealing our humanness as an accident, not a goal, does animate much of the writing in Slime Dynamics.
- Getting Out of the Goth Table
- Philosophy as Science