Deep Hot Biosphere

Thomas Gold’s theory of Deep Hot Biosphere suggests that petroleum is not a fossil fuel, and that oil has its origin in natural gas flows which feed bacteria living in the bowels of the Earth. Therefore, the demonarchy of oil is not subjected to the laws of the dead (i.e. the preserved corpses of prehistoric organisms) but  rather is animated by a Plutonic vitalism (abiogenic petroleum generated by the nether biosphere of the Earth. (Reza Negarestani)

My spell-checker didn’t manage Negarestani’s text well – replete as it is with neologisms and freshly-coined terminology. A ‘required reading’ list wouldn’t have surprised me either. But, since I’m virtually omnivorous, I’ve just kept reading – fascinated, bewildered, mesmerized …

You might like to read Wikipedia’s piece on Thomas Gold, and there are worthwhile comments about the book on the Good Reads website.

Reading Negarestani is like being converted to Islam by Salvador Dali. (Graham Harman, author of Guerrilla Metaphysics: Phenomenology and the Carpentry of Things)

Negarestani, Reza. 2008. Cyclonopedia : complicity with anonymous materials. Melbourne: [p72]


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