I found this conversation between Dougald Hine and David Abram exploring the subject of animism on The Dark Mountain. 

I was particularly interested in Hine’s description of this portrait as being a symbol of the tipping point, capturing the moment that analytical thought takes root during the enlightenment.


Sir_William_Petty_by_Isaac_FullerPortrait of Sir William Petty, Issac Fuller

‘The scales of the 17th century tipping away from the symbolic,and the physical, real skull, towards the quantitate, measured, anatomised, cut open to reveal its mathematical properties: new reality’

Dougald Hine



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