Being (a Brain)

  • Clayton Crockett
  • Jeffrey W. Robbins
Part of the Radical Theologies book series (RADT)


In Book Two of his Metaphysics, the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle asks the question of being. His task is to “study the things that are, qua being.”1 Being refers fundamentally to substance, but there are multiple substances and “many senses in which a thing may be said to ‘be.’”2 Aristotle affirms that being exists as a multiplicity or a plurality, rather than a simple unity. All humans by nature desire to know being, or what is, but the answer is not easy or simple or self-evident. In this chapter, we will affirm that being is energy transformation, which is the conclusion of the previous chapters. At the same time, we will suggest that being as energy is also becoming a brain, which means not just a physiological brain but the possibility of complexity, a fold of being that takes the form of what Gilles Deleuze calls a time-image.


String Theory Dark Energy Cosmological Constant Quantum Gravity Grand Unify Theory 
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