Momus in Wired:
I dance therefore I am
One evening last week I got up from my computer — I seem to be on the damned thing all the time, using my body so little I might as well be a brain in a jar — and went to a party.
It’s this conception of reality — which elevates mind over body, the universal over the particular, and the unchanging over the changeable — that has informed (too much, some might say) the development of computing up until now. I have the evidence right here at my fingertips; the main way for me to interface with this machine I sit face to face with all day is still through a keyboard — a linguistic tablet, an alphabetic abacus.
Eno Interview in Wired (1995)
Eno interview in Wired
Do you know what I hate about computers? The problem with computers is that there is not enough Africa in them. This is why I can’t use them for very long. Do you know what a nerd is? A nerd is a human being without enough Africa in him or her.
I think it will be interesting to see how this might change now that China and India are becoming forces in computing. I have never been comfortable with the view of brain or soul over body and physical sensations and always sensed that the body is no hinderance. Right now my hands are holding a glass of hot green tea and the feeling is wonderful because it is cold in my house this early in the morning. My best ideas come during long walks. I have tried to work with keyboards and Midi, but it just doesn’t give me the pleasure of plucking the strings of a guitar.