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Humanist Archives: July 3, 2021, 6:37 a.m. Humanist 35.124 - modelling rhizomatically?

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 124.
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        Date: 2021-07-02 12:29:24+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty <>
        Subject: modelling rhizomatically?

In "Gathered fields: A tale about rhizomes" (2017), anthropologist Marilyn 
Strathern responds to a comment on Deleuze and Guattari’s A Thousand 
Plateaus with this comment: 

> Root-tree and canal-rhyzome are not in antithesis as opposed models 
> would be, but are opposed asymmetrically: the one offers a model, while 
> the other overturns the practice of modelling.

What (re)conception of modelling would be required for it not to be 
overturned by rhizomatic complexity? Can the same be said of simulation?


Willard McCarty,
Professor emeritus, King's College London;
Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews;  Humanist

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