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I sketch aspects of Samantha Frost’s writing that I find most intriguing and discuss directions in my work that resonate with them, elaborating possible connections between her reflections on subatomic through intercellular fields, and mine on the intercorporeal sensual relations among organisms—particularly those between humans and nonhumans. I read the human sensual field, or clearing, as trafficking and teaming with the affective energies and perceptual fields of myriad other beings and suggest a theory of symbiotic selection that accounts for the emergence of extravagant receptivity. This pulls toward political ecological practices and institutions that foster receptive agency with nonhumans.
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