Thoughts on geotrauma and stone’s ability to think

“Geotrauma is not merely a wound, incised in organic texture by means of a foreign object, or even an individual experience; instead, it is a physical and material reality onto which all of life on Earth is inscribed, with its traces accumulated and entangled within us.” – Ana Dana Beros and Matija Kralj 

“By situating thinking between territory and the Earth as “entrenchment,” geophilosophy breaks with Cartesianism, because it turns thinking into an immanent activity and refuses to make thinking a solely human enterprise. Situating thinking ‘in the midst of things’ as they occur, Deleuze and Guattari stress that the act of thinking is produced in the zigzagging relation between territory and the Earth. Thinking thus does not wait for man to begin, and necessarily happens when territory and the Earth meet. Baruch De Spinoza, in response to Descartes, notably offered the situated conceptualisation of thinking in his “Letter to Schaller” (390), in which he goes as far as to say that even the material assemblage called a stone holds the ability to think: that a stone, while continuing in motion, should be capable of thinking and knowing, that it is ‘endeavouring’, as far as it can, to continue to move. Such a stone, being conscious merely of its own endeavour and not at all indifferent, would believe itself to be completely free, and would think that it continued in motion solely because of its own wish.” – Fukushima: The Geo-trauma of a Futural Wave (2017) by David R. Cole, Rick Dolphijn, Joff P. N. Bradley, pp. 213-214.