For Morin, Homo Sapiens Sapiens is really Homo Sapiens Demens, and there is a rich complexity in this “uniduality.” Homo is clearly not only sapiens, or wise. It is also demens, or irrational, prone to wild excess, and unconstrained emotion. But demens should not be viewed as exclusively “diabolic,” but rather as a contributor to our imagination and inspiration, that can manifest both in great art and in desperate hallucinations. Above all, we see here an ongoing cybernetic process of navigation and calibration rather than a static black and white choice between say a good and a bad side. The imagination and the imaginary play a central part in Morin’s understanding of the human, as we shall see.

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