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The wood nymphs vanished as the woods filled with trailer camps.Water sprites have been crowded out by submarines and scuba divers. – Walter Ong, “World as View and World as Event”
In view of last week’s discussion regarding the “naturally human,” the question must now be put: To what extent did a reorganization of our Pleistocene-honed sensorium lead to the suppression of “primal participation,” eventually to be lost beneath layers of civilizing enculturation? If so, what conditions may have led to such a reorganization, and under what organizing principle? In short, what intervened to come between the inter-animating forces of our hominid senses and the rich plenum of the earthly sensuous?
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