Evocative Objects:Things We Think With

Edited by Sherry Turkle

Autobiographical essays, framed by two interpretive essays by the editor, describe the power of an object to evoke emotion and provoke thought: reflections on a cello, a laptop computer, a 1964 Ford Falcon, an apple, a mummy in a museum, and other "things-to-think-with."

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For Sherry Turkle, "We think with the objects we love; we love the objects we think with." In Evocative Objects, Turkle collects writings by scientists, humanists, artists, and designers that trace the power of everyday things. These essays reveal objects as emotional and intellectual companions that anchor memory, sustain relationships, and provoke new ideas.These days, scholars show new interest in the importance of the concrete. This volume's special contribution is its focus on everyday riches: the simplest of objects—an apple, a datebook, a laptop computer—are shown to bring philosophy down to earth. The poet contends, "No ideas but in things." The notion of evocative objects goes further: objects carry both ideas and passions. In our relations to things, thought and feeling are inseparable.

Whether it's a student's beloved 1964 Ford Falcon (left behind for a station wagon and motherhood), or a cello that inspires a meditation on fatherhood, the intimate objects in this collection are used to reflect on larger themes—the role of objects in design and play, discipline and desire, history and exchange, mourning and memory, transition and passage, meditation and new vision.In the interest of enriching these connections, Turkle pairs each autobiographical essay with a text from philosophy, history, literature, or theory, creating juxtapositions at once playful and profound. So we have Howard Gardner's keyboards and Lev Vygotsky's hobbyhorses; William Mitchell's Melbourne train and Roland Barthes' pleasures of text; Joseph Cevetello's glucometer and Donna Haraway's cyborgs. Each essay is framed by images that are themselves evocative. Essays by Turkle begin and end the collection, inviting us to look more closely at the everyday objects of our lives, the familiar objects that drive our routines, hold our affections, and open out our world in unexpected ways.

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Comment by 就是冷門 on February 1, 2021 at 3:39pm


莫迪亞諾《暗物質》


他清楚地感到,在確切的事件和熟悉的面孔後面,存在著所有已變成暗物質的東西:短暫的相遇,沒有赴約的約會,丟失的信件,記在以前一本通訊錄裏但妳已忘記的人名和電話號碼,以及妳以前曾迎面相遇的男男女女,但妳卻不知道有過這回事。如同在天文學上那樣,這種暗物質比妳生活中的可見部分更多。這種物質多得無窮無盡。而他只是在自己的記事本上記下這暗物質中的幾個微弱閃光。他見這些閃光極其微弱,就閉目思索,尋找能產生聯想的細節,使他能再現整體,但整體並未出現,只有一些片段,一些星塵。他真想投身於這暗物質之中,把斷掉的線索一根根接好,是的,要回到過去,抓住一個個影子,了解其來龍去脈。這是不可能的。於是,只有找到那些姓。或者名字。它們能起到磁鐵的作用,能再現妳難以弄清的模糊印象。它們存在於夢中,還是在現實之中?(莫迪亞諾《地平線》)


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