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Geert Lovink on our networked condition
Stefanie Krasnow on our digital realities
Franco “Bifo” Berardi at the moment act of the ecu tragedy
Adbusters on Chess vs. Weiqi
Fekku Ragabe!
Peak Humanity
Micah White and Chiara Ricciardone on touchdown a loss of life blow to capitalism
Andy Merrifield at the radical politics of memes

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This being so, for an understanding of life lived in this distinctive mould, we must apply ourselves to a direct comprehension of historical and climatic phenomena. But would the latter understood merely as objective lead to a full comprehension of climate in the sense in which I have used it above? We must accept that it is only through the interpretation of historical and climatic phenomena that we can show that these phenomena are the expression of man's conscious being, that climate is the organ of such self-objectivisation and selfdiscovery and that the climatic character is the character of subjective human existence.

We, in this enquiry, are pursuing a problem of a similar nature, although ours, that of the duality of human nature, is the more fundamental. The self-active nature of the body has as its foundation the spatial and temporal structure of human life; a self-active body cannot remain in isolation for its structure is dynamic, uniting in isolation and isolated within union. When various social combinations are evolved within this dynamic structure it becomes something historical or climatic. Climate, too, as part of man's body, was regarded like the body as mere matter, and so came to be viewed objectively as mere natural environment.

We have seen above how his imaginative powers and his thinking, as revealed both socially and historically, are characteristic of the Indian; his nature is receptive and resignatory and is exemplified as a fullness of feeling which is possessed of neither control nor historical sense. It was just such Indians who crossed the Himalayas and invaded CHAPTER 2 China and Japan. 37 THREE TYPES Yet in this case also, their invasion was not that of the overpowering warrior. It was true to type, receptive and resignatory to the utmost degree.

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