In an issue of the Austrian architecture magazine GAM entitled “Intuition & the machine”, guest editor Urs Hirschberg interviews developmental psychologist Edith Ackermann. Ackermann explains how imagining and realizing novel ideas engages aspects of the mind, body and self that we barely control. Learning, she says, is like the art of living itself, as it is about navigating uncertainties rather than controlling what we cannot predict. Which makes the question as to where digital technologies fit into these complex processes all the more exciting.
Philosopher Jane Bennett explains what she understands by “vital materialism” and why the rhetoric of the religious Right led her to entertain the notion of an “undesigned order of materiality” that possesses “the dynamic, incalculable, awesome and awful qualities elsewhere ascribed to God, Geist or the human spirit”.