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 ([[reading notes]] from How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human. Kohn, Eduardo) ([[reading notes]] from How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human. Kohn, Eduardo)
  
-<blockquote>Ahi quanto a dir qual era è cosa dura esta selva selvaggia e aspra e forte . . . [Ah, it is hard to speak of what it was that savage forest, dense and difficult . . .] —Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy, Inferno, Canto I [trans. Mandelbaum]</blockquote>+<blockquote footer="Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy, Inferno, Canto I [trans. Mandelbaum]">Ahi quanto a dir qual era è cosa dura esta selva selvaggia e aspra e forte... [Ah, it is hard to speak of what it was that savage forest, dense and difficult...]</blockquote>
  
 <blockquote>All life is semiotic and all semiosis is alive. In important ways, then, life and thought are one and the same: life thinks; thoughts are alive. This has implications for understanding who “we” are. Wherever there are “living thoughts” there is also a “self.” “Self,” at its most basic level, is a product of semiosis. It is the locus—however rudimentary and ephemeral—of a living dynamic by which signs come to represent the world around them to a “someone” who emerges as such as a result of this process. The world is thus “animate.” “We” are not the only kind of we.</blockquote> <blockquote>All life is semiotic and all semiosis is alive. In important ways, then, life and thought are one and the same: life thinks; thoughts are alive. This has implications for understanding who “we” are. Wherever there are “living thoughts” there is also a “self.” “Self,” at its most basic level, is a product of semiosis. It is the locus—however rudimentary and ephemeral—of a living dynamic by which signs come to represent the world around them to a “someone” who emerges as such as a result of this process. The world is thus “animate.” “We” are not the only kind of we.</blockquote>
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