Onto-story, naiveté, thing power

by bojanboric

“A materialism like mine… fleshes out an ontological imaginary of things and their powers”. Jane Bennett


 “It’s a type of writing….that models the world as actor networks, assemblages or ecologies.” (Cloud/land – An Onto-story, Julian Yates)

 Is the ANT and onto-story purely conceptualizing things that we encounter through projecting categories, relations, labels, concepts onto reality in order to make sense of the world?

Naive realism

“I argue that projecting a moment of naive realism into one’s political theory may foster greater ethical appreciation of thing power.” (does this relate to the notion of “methodological naivité”?)

Lack of preconceived notion opens possibilities beyond determinism.

Naiveté according dictionary also has negative connotations such as lack of wisdom and judgment

Is the aim of naïve realism to counteract the ontological determinism?


 ‘Picture an ontological field without any unequivocal demarcations between human, animal, vegetable, and mineral,’ she writes, ‘all forces and flows (materialities) are or can become lively, affective, and signaling.” (thing-power)

“Thing power materialism is a speculative onto-story, a rather presumptions attempt to depict non-humanity that flows around but also through humans.”

 Artificial Intelligence? The Turing test is a test of a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behavior equivalent to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human.

What is the line between human and non-human? Is this question even relevant if we accept that “all forces and flows (materialities) are or can become lively, affective, and signaling”.


“The Skin I live In” Human body imprisoned by an artificial skin

“Ex_Machina” (The Turing Test) Almost looks like human but also interacts as human.

“Her” Technological Devices that have emotions, they look like machines but you feel the sense of humanity through interaction with them.


Thanks!   Eva and Bojan