Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Deleuze's orchid and wasp

All semester, I've been trying to integrate these ideas into my comprehension of the course material, and this weeks segments about co-evolution were the tipping point for me to finally post about it. Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari are the philosophers that have gotten me thinking of evolution in terms of becoming, and the potentials and pitfalls of thinking this way. For one, it is very confusing, but then again life is not simple either. A quick search came up with a few things, and here is a quick quote describing what the concept of the orchid and the wasp means in terms of becoming.

"Deleuze and Guattari imagine there to be a wasp-orchid assemblage, where the boundaries of the one cannot be thoroughly distinguished from the boundaries of the other. Rather it is in terms of code and traces that the stratum of a plant line intersects unexpectedly (there is nothing in the nature of a plant that would anticipate it becoming-animal in code), with the stratum of an animal line, where each becomes the function of the other."

That comes from this source, a lengthy piece on the idea. http://kvond.wordpress.com/2008/05/15/23/
this source is quite lengthy, and likely needs some background for comprehension.

This source is a good summation of the concept, that build on the theories of evolution put forth by Darwin.

Hopefully the diagrams we made for the queen of trees made clear the rhizomatic structure of ecologies.

read at your leisure and maybe blow your mind!

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