More of the subject…

So there I was skimming the shelves thinking about the subject and came across my copy of the Koran and started to meander through the pages and to get on to point. I will save the details of the complete text which came out of this which drifts in and out of tech speak and its bond to the posthuman subject via the death of belief. In short the most complete liberation of the subject and some poems.

Lacan’s subject is constituted in the locus of the Other through the operations of alienation and separation (cf. Seminar XI, XIV, and “Position of the Unconscious”), whereas Badiou’s subject emerges through an elective decision that maintains fidelity to an event and engages in the process of unfolding the consequences of this event within a situation. Thus, one could say that someone can be both a Lacanian subject and a Badiouian subject, but everyone is a Lacanian subject without necessarily being a Badiouian subject. In this regard, Lacan’s subject comes closer to what Badiou refers to as an individual, preceding an encounter with an event. Perhaps the closest thing one finds to a Badiouian subject in psychoanalysis is 1) those who maintain fidelity to the event, continuing to evaluate the situation in psycho-biological terms, and more importantly in my mind, 2) an analysis and undergoing analysis who attends to the formations of the unconscious progressively transforming the nature of their [illusory] ego in light of the discourse of their unconscious. It could be said that the formations of the unconscious (symptoms, acting out, bungled actions, slips of the tongue, dreams, jokes, etc) appear on the “edge of the void” of the situation which one could call the ego or specular imago. Lacan brings this point out well in Seminar 10, where he speaks of anxiety as a signal with respect to the ego, indicating the presence of the void at the edge of the specular ego (objet a) or that which cannot be specularized in the subjects imaginary but which is structurally necessary for this economy to establish itself. An analysis and is that being that suspends this specularity, takes distance from the desire for wholeness, completeness, totality and the sense that one is a unified center, and which strives to interpret oneself from the standpoint of what is ex-centric, foreign, or the Other discourse that doesn’t fit into the centralized narrative of imaginary moi speech. Such a practice can be seen as a truth-procedure of sorts.

Unlike Badiou’s subject, the Lacanian subject is only in relation to an object. Lacan brings this point out in “The Position of the Unconscious”, when he argues that the subject is an effect of objet a or that objet a effectuates the subject. Indeed, Lacan goes so far as to suggest that it’s objet a that thinks, not the subject and that it is objet a that properly desires. This thought and desire is always ex-centric to the subject, and is incredibly difficult to subjectivize or identify with (hence the long trajectory of an analysis and the phenomenon of resistance manifested in the oscillation between full and empty speech, (prayer) where the analysis passes from ego-centered empty speech treating himself as knowing what he wants, to full speech that avows what the unconscious speaks).

Temporally the Lacanian subject differs significantly from the Badiouian subject. Lacan’s subject is fleeting and punctuated, never directly appearing in the clinical setting. It is what appears with the various formations of the unconscious, only to disappear once again. Put otherwise, the Lacanian subject is not the “I” (moi) that says “I think this” “I want this” ” I believe this to true” “I am the sort of person that…” and so on, but is rather what appears with respect to those very things that the moi does not identify with. Badiou’s subject, while certainly not the moi, is a result of the elective decision and has a much more stable temporal structure. As one of the main differences between humans and animals, can make a choice in the biggest sense of what choice can mean. As the Third Culture grows quietly and in recent years more accelerated with the discovery of mirror neurons.

The discovery of mirror neurons in the frontal lobes of macaques and their implications for human brain evolution is one of the most important findings of neuroscience in the last decade. Mirror neurons are active when the monkeys perform certain tasks, and they also fire when the monkeys watch someone else perform the same specific task. There is evidence that a similar observation/action matching system exists in humans. mirror neurons play a major explanatory role in the understanding of a number of human features, from imitation to empathy, and language learning and possibly the location of spiritual events. Philosophers, however, have long emphasized the distinction between basic actions and non-basic actions: for example, the non-basic action of turning on the light can be performed by the basic action of pressing a switch. Now, when one applies this to the idea of a switch in the brain as a trigger for spiritual experience in the subject.

This is the path in which God will die. As the Roman poet and Epicurean philosopher Lucretius attempted before the birth of Christ. He wrote an epic masterpiece titled De Rerum Natura (“On the Nature of Things”). His goal, in part, was to liberate humankind from the religious superstitions that he believed stood in the way of true peace of mind and happiness. Now, through reason and knowledge with a good mixture of technology thrown in. This will by no means eliminate the inherent beauty of the spiritual experience that is in the subject it will and should just level the spiritual playing field. It is in the leveling through technology and understanding the liberation of the subject may take place.
We are in a time where it is the responsibility of the subject to criticize the spiritual beliefs of others has never been more vital.

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Of that first body which our senses now
Cannot perceive: That bounding point indeed
Exists without all parts, a minimum
Of nature, nor was e’er a thing apart,
As of itself,- nor shall hereafter be,
Since ’tis itself still parcel of another,
A first and single part, whence other parts
And others similar in order lie
In a packed phalanx, filling to the full
The nature of first body: being thus
Not self-existent, they must cleave to that
From which in nowise they can sundered be.
So primal germs have solid singleness,
Which tightly packed and closely joined cohere
By virtue of their minim particles-
No compound by mere union of the same;
But strong in their eternal singleness,
Nature, reserving them as seeds for things,
Permitteth naught of rupture or decrease.

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Titus Lucretius Carus 58 BC

Many people disagree with this premise due to the respect that we as subjects allocate to belief systems. Our world has been shattered by competing belief system that declare with some certainty that they are more holy than the other. They are totally incompatible with one another and this has led to death of millions. Due to this respect as subjects we accord to the beliefs of others, we are not allowed to challenge these systems which I proclaim are totally inadequate and totally incompatible for for the 21st century. It is when people lose their grasp on reason. For example – Someone born of a virgin…? Another – He rode a winged horse. These are easy ones to pick out. These beliefs effect on a large scale what wars we wage, social politics, even to which science to fund. most importantly it eliminates personal responsibility. In some of these beliefs systems there is the idea that death under the right circumstances is a legitimate metaphysical principal. Now, as a subject filled with memes I would not hesitate to say that this form of belief is the total failure of reason. It is a moral failing of the subject in Badiouian sense. The coming of ability to measure every part of the subject, to understand how our brains function on the deepest of levels and to even change the subject through enhancements and add-ons. What must happen to the subject and the placement of the subject in a space where this can occur is full of total potential. First, God the very idea must go away, this means to some extent those who believe must go away as well.

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“The Madman – Have you not heard of that madman who lit a lantern in the bright morning hours, ran to the market place, and cried incessantly: “I seek God! I seek God!” – As many of those who did not believe in God were standing around just then, he provoked much laughter. Has he got lost? asked one. Did he lose his way like a child? asked another. Or is he hiding? Is he afraid of us? Has he gone on a voyage? Emigrated? – Thus they yelled and laughed. The madman jumped into their midst and pierced them with his eyes. “Whither is God?” he cried; “I will tell you. We have killed him – you and I. All of us are his murderers. But how did we do this? How could we drink up the sea? Who gave us the sponge to wipe away the entire horizon? What were we doing when we unchained this earth from its sun? Whither is it moving now? Whither are we moving? Away from all suns? Are we not plunging continually? Backward, sideward, forward, in all directions? Is there still any up or down? Are we not straying as through an infinite nothing? Do we not feel the breath of empty space? Has it not become colder? Is not night continually closing in on us? Do we not need to light lanterns in the morning? Do we hear nothing as yet of the noise of the gravediggers who are burying God? Do we smell nothing as yet of the divine decomposition? Gods, too, decompose. God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him.”

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From ‘The Gay Science’ as translated by Walter Kaufmann, Book Three, Aphorism 125.

Deleuze has emphasized that Nietzsche’s phrase ‘God is dead’ is not a speculative proposition but a dramatic proposition, the dramatic proposition par excellence. A dramatic proposition, therefore, a proposition that is pluralist, typological, and differential. When a god dies in a drama, then, it is not only one god but also many gods who die, in different shapes and figures. The dramatic announcement of the death of god is a dying that occurs in many kinds of ways. In other words all gods die and must die. There is no speculative philosophy here. It is the blind spot of most if not all humans. Your consciousness is not your bodily self. As an absolute Non-Believer in any sort of “external god” the question of H’s involvement I believe becomes irrelevant when approached from this direction. If I use the Bible or the Koran for source material does that make me want to kill nonbelievers? Mao, Stalin and Marx all go the same way. Give people divergent irreconcilable and untestable notions about history, the nature of the universe, what happens after you are dead? Then you have a conflict waiting to happen, the end of discourse, the end of a friendship, the end of responsibility, the end of man kind. Granted there are intricate differences between all of these.
As H said himself. “Wir bleiben bei der frage!” Stay with the question at hand, focused I would say. There is no moral in thought. Yes it can and will change. There is nothing anyone can do about it. There are many people dying and being killed over this belief or that belief in this invisible fellow or that one and they are not explicitly a theological exercise and the only thing that would make sure the survival of the human species is the ability to have our core belief revised through the power of discourse and reason. It is the most articulate level an individual experience orginized around an adherence to a tradition. It is explicitly violent in the way that it determines ones action or non action. The idea is that religion must go away, along with schools of philosophy that are connected to such for humans to “become” in the many historical senses what they are to become. With the later going the way of the Greek Gods there is for the most part no chance for humans. the earth will always be here. We as humans may go away, the earth though shall stay. This is the classic argument between belief and reason. The move into the realm of technologies and what it will “model” in the next hundred years slowly tip toe across the darkened room of religion and put an end to it. To move into the contra-argument of how reason and its children are the place to live. It is time for the human to break from its own history. The whole “god” issue which as far as I am concerned works against the liberation of the subject. I know it is very “not cool” it is socially, fundamentally taboo and unacceptable to criticize spiritual beliefs. I believe it is just the opposite and irresponsible not to do so. My point of view there is simply no room for these belief systems in the future from a philosophical view bound to science and reason so to speak. Put all that into a nice package check to see if there are any blind spots and if you believe in any sort of apocalyptic prophesy you have tossed reason out the window. A really big non sequitur. So with out any more delay I would proudly say that if you do believe in GOD, who is not a moderate by any means. A whole world plunges into a psycho-pathological condition because of beliefs such. It is theological and morally bankrupt and you must come to grips with that you are wrong. Sure there are some keepers from all sides of the belief pizza. Just give yourself an contemplative empirical non-dogmatic way to engage the world in which you breath, otherwise you are part of the problem. Yes, God is dead. He committed suicide, I know. He told me. As a subject just as any other the on the playing field of the spirits there are many dogmas. Do not be afraid of not knowing, of death, of fear, of the void. Embrace the karmic spankings and emotional wipeouts across the spectrum to make you sigh more heavily than usual and order another drink and wonder if something is indeed deeply askew in the world and not just for obvious reasons.
Is it just some sort of cosmic downcycle? A spiritual reckoning? The random coincidences that you sense really aren’t all that random because you’ve always sort of believed there’s no such thing as random coincidence and the universe is always speaking to you and trying to get your attention but you simply forgot how to translate?
Small buds of green still manage to sprout through the hard cracked concrete, always. New relationships form. Another friend just had a child. Someone just announced their engagement. Incredibly cute puppies continue to be born, and some really ugly ones too, really good wine continues to get made, and maybe with a little prodding from the reason and knowledge countries, like that of the human subject will actually evolve and learn peace and prosperity and abandon old hatreds built on stupidity. Sparks and shards of new possibility, love and potential, as the heart skitters along like the first lint against stone and look now what it has become. Just image a world, the world that can be. The mystics and the poets, the philosophers and the dancers, Physicists and Mathematicians too, have always known that it really is a divinely animated, active universe. Just don not fall into the trap of the limited subject.

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Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

by Robert Frost
From New Hampshire. Published in 1923.

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All folks who pretend to religion and grace,
Allow there’s a HELL, but dispute of the place:
But, if HELL may by logical rules be defined
The place of the damned -I’ll tell you my mind.
Wherever the damned do chiefly abound,
Most certainly there is HELL to be found:
Damned poets, damned critics, damned blockheads, damned knaves,
Damned senators bribed, damned prostitute slaves;
Damned lawyers and judges, damned lords and damned squires;
Damned spies and informers, damned friends and damned liars;
Damned villains, corrupted in every station;
Damned time-serving priests all over the nation;
And into the bargain I’ll readily give you
Damned ignorant prelates, and counsellors privy.
Then let us no longer by parsons be flammed,
For we know by these marks the place of the damned:
And HELL to be sure is at Paris or Rome.
How happy for us that it is not at home!

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Jonathan Swift – The Place of the Damned

Now I am off to the riots….

Almost there…BIon

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BION

“Bions are transitional forms between non-living and living matter. The bion is the elemental functioning unit of all living matter. At the same time, it is the bearer of a quantum of orgone energy and, as such, functions in a specifically biological way.”
-The Cancer Biopathy
Wilhelm Reich (1897-1957)

Bion is a robotic sculpture that explores the relationship between humans and artificial life. The name makes reference to an individual element of primordial biological energy identified as orgone by Wilhelm Reich. The installation is a sensor network that is composed of 1000 glowing and chirping forms. Each bion is a synthetic “life-form” consisting of a tiny computer, an audio speaker, blue LEDs, and sensors.
As a visitor approaches the installation space, one of the bions is alerted and quickly communicates the presence of a stranger to the swarm of bions. One by one, in rapid succession, the bions signal other bions of the intruder and, in a wave-like pattern, become silent. The bions eventually become accustomed to the visitor’s presence and begin to respond to her/him as if s/he was part of their ecosystem. They become attracted to her and glow more intensely when she nears. Eventually, s/he is incorporated into the dynamic array.
Nothing but potential potential potential potential and it even looks nice.
 

Made by Adam Brown and Andrew H. Fagg, University of Oklahoma.

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