Places We Can Go: Some Notes on Sea/Knowledge
Weighing anchor from the Indian Ocean and taking a cue from concepts of emergence, this paper proposes something called “sea/knowledge”: the conjunction of the primordial physical and the abstract. When an elderly Gujarati sailor says, “Ah, I know London! And Liverpool. I am a sailor,” he speaks of the fruits of intangible networks, of what the sea brings. Navigation – knowing where we are – is central to knowing who we are; but it is difficult. Voyaging, from the mythological to today’s containerized global trading, has always taken men and women to the borders of knowledge, conscious and unconscious. This paper, referencing, among others, CG Jung, Rachel Carson, Javed Diamond and Rose George, sketches temporal, spatial and emotional contexts in the attempt to plumb sea/knowledge.
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