Philip Lewin’s Statement of Interest

In a simple-minded kind of way, I have long believed that the central moral issue of our time concerns noticing — and the failure to notice — what one is actually doing, what the consequences of one’s actions are. The worst instances of evil, it seems to me, result from the failure to notice, from the self-willed moral blindness that rigid adherence to any ideology, whether secular or sacred, affords. Cybernetically speaking, the failure to notice is a failure at the most elementary level of recursive interaction.

What I look forward to at this conference is to begin from the perspective of the other and in so doing, to create space to notice.

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