Warren Ellis's thoughts on New Aesthetics. The interesting part for me was the philosophy of "speculative psychology" (basically the "science" of discovering, as Ellis says, "what makes rocks sad.").
It's atavistic, but it gets at a very fundamental idea by the back door, as it were. We are conscious, and we are made of the same stuff that the universe is (in different proportions, obviously), therefore, since everything is connected (not in a metaphysical sense, but actually) the universe is conscious, through us. We are the consciousness of the universe. Objects may not be sad or happy or nonplussed or whatever else, but we are. We give meaning to the universe, and therefore the universe has meaning. Or meanings.
Half-baked meanderings. Caveat emptor. No warranty is expressed or implied.