Exercise 1.3

In When Species Meet Harraway gives us a very detailed and interesting peek into the mind of philosopher, Derrida.  After having an encounter like no other with his cat a number of questions begin to rile up in his mind with the root of the questions being can animals suffer? Followed by asking if they can even do human activities such as work and play.  Afterwards Harraway begins the research for all these questions by seeking the helping hand of Barbra Smuts “who did learn to look back as well as to recognize that she was being looked at” (p23).  Smut spent her time in Kenya Studying baboons.  As much as she deeply admired these creatures they did not feel the same way , she writes “at the beginning of my study the baboons and I definitely did not see eye to eye” (p23) however the more precautions they took the more she sought to be accepted by this primitive group.  Inevitably Smut changed everything about herself in order to gain the trust from the baboons.  In doing so she found ways to communicate with them ultimately earning their trust.  Smut is someone who become one with nature and her surroundings in order to get to be trusted and get a closer view on what these questions at the beginning truly mean.  While reading it became clear that baboons do many human activities and also have a lot of traits that are shared.  Such as keeping the distance with a complete stranger, greeting one an other , communication , and seeking the attention of another.   Its interesting to see how someone became accepted into an entirely different group of species by changing everything about themselves just to “become one with nature”.  Are we actually closer to becoming one with nature than we think?

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