In the essay “On Vicarious Causation,” the young and talented American philosopher Graham Harman writes:
We [humans] are not more critical than animals, but more object-oriented, filling our minds with all present and absent objects, all geographical and astronomical places, all species of animal, all flavors of juice, all players from the history of baseball, all living and dead languages.With this important insight in mind, let's turn to today's lead story in Science News:
This portrait, the deepest infrared image of the universe ever taken, shows a candidate galaxy (inset) that may be the most distant object known in the universe. It is estimated to lie about 13.2 billion light-years from Earth and could have existed just 480 million years after the Big Bang.How far can our love of objects go? Very far indeed.