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Is Not Is Not Is Not Is
    #2847540 - 07/01/04 03:44 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)



Apophenia is the spontaneous perception of connections and meaningfulness of unrelated phenomena. The term was coined by K. Conrad in 1958 (Brugger).

Peter Brugger of the Department of Neurology, University Hospital, Zurich, gives examples of apophenia from August Strindberg?s Occult Diary, the playwright?s own account of his psychotic break:

He saw "two insignia of witches, the goat?s horn and the besom" in a rock and wondered "what demon it was who had put [them] ... just there and in my way on this particular morning." A building then looked like an oven and he thought of Dante?s Inferno.

He sees sticks on the ground and sees them as forming Greek letters which he interprets to be the abbreviation of a man?s name and feels he now knows that this man is the one who is persecuting him. He sees sticks on the bottom of a chest and is sure they form a pentagram.

He sees tiny hands in prayer when he looks at a walnut under a microscope and it "filled me with horror."

His crumpled pillow looks "like a marble head in the style of Michaelangelo." Strindberg comments that "these occurrences could not be regarded as accidental, for on some days the pillow presented the appearance of horrible monsters, of gothic gargoyles, of dragons, and one night ... I was greeted by the Evil One himself...."


According to Brugger, "The propensity to see connections between seemingly unrelated objects or ideas most closely links psychosis to creativity ... apophenia and creativity may even be seen as two sides of the same coin." Some of the most creative people in the world, then, must be psychoanalysts and therapists who use projective tests like the Rorschach test or who see patterns of child abuse behind every emotional problem. Brugger notes that one analyst thought he had support for the penis envy theory because more females than males failed to return their pencils after a test. Another spent nine pages in a prestigious journal describing how sidewalk cracks are vaginas and feet are penises, and the old saw about not stepping on cracks is actually a warning to stay away from the female sex organ.

Brugger?s research indicates that high levels of dopamine affect the propensity to find meaning, patterns, and significance where there is none, and that this propensity is related to a tendency to believe in the paranormal.*

In statistics, apophenia is called a Type I error, seeing patterns where none, in fact, exist. It is highly probable that the apparent significance of many unusual experiences and phenomena are due to apophenia, e.g., ghosts and hauntings, EVP, numerology, the Bible code, anomalous cognition, ganzfeld "hits", most forms of divination, the prophecies of Nostradamus, remote viewing, and a host of other paranormal and supernatural experiences and phenomena.


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Re: Is Not Is Not Is Not Is [Re: Papaver]
    #2847631 - 07/01/04 04:11 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

that's a beautiful image.


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Re: Is Not Is Not Is Not Is [Re: Papaver]
    #2847645 - 07/01/04 04:14 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

Five in the evening and she can barely keep her eyes open.

Lifts her cup of black unsweetened coffee. Mouse-clicks.

How many times has she done this?

How long since she gave herself to the dream? Maurice?s expression for the essence of being a footagehead.

Damien?s Studio Display fills with darkness absolute. It is as if she participates in the very birth of cinema, that Lumiere moment, the steam locomotive about to emerge from the screen, sending the audience fleeing, out into the Parisian night.

Light and shadow. Lovers? cheekbones in the prelude to embrace.

Cayce shivers.

So long now, and they have not been seen to touch.

Around them the absolute blackness is alleviated by texture. Concrete?

They are dressed as they have always been dressed, in clothing Cayce has posted on extensively, fascinated by its timelessness, something she knows and understands. The difficulty of that. Hairstyles, too.

He might be a sailor, stepping onto a submarine in 1914, or a jazz musician entering a club in 1957. There is a lack of evidence, an absence of stylistic cues, that Cayce understands to be utterly masterful. His black coat is usually read as leather, though it might be dull vinyl, or rubber. He has a way of wearing its collar up.

The girl wears a longer coat, equally dark but seemingly of fabric, its shoulder-padding the subject of hundreds of posts. The architecture of padding in a woman?s coat should yield possible periods, particular decades, but there has been no agreement, only controversy.

She is hatless, which has been taken either as the clearest of signs that this is not a period piece, or simply as an indication that she is a free spirit, untrammeled by even the most basic conventions of her day. Her hair has been the subject of similar scrutiny, but nothing has ever been definitively agreed upon.

The one hundred and thirty-four previously discovered fragments, having been endlessly collated, broken down, reassembled, by whole armies of the most fanatical investigators, have yielded no period and no particular narrative direction.

Zaprudered into surreal dimensions of purest speculation, ghost-narratives have emerged and taken on shadowy but determined lives of their own, but Cayce is familiar with them all, and steers clear.

And here in Damien?s flat, watching their lips meet, she knows that she knows nothing, but wants nothing more than to see the film of which this must be a part. Must be.

Above them, somewhere, something flares, white, casting a claw of Caligarian shadow, and then the screen is black.

She clicks on Replay. Watches it again.




*Art by Robert Rauschenberg. Text by William Gibson


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Re: Is Not Is Not Is Not Is [Re: Papaver]
    #2847676 - 07/01/04 04:24 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

Peter Brugger's words are very thought provoking. I have never herd of him him before though........hm


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Re: Is Not Is Not Is Not Is [Re: Papaver]
    #2847709 - 07/01/04 04:34 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)



"This reluctance to accept the fact of his own consciousness," Dr Nathan wrote, "may reflect certain positional difficulties in the immediate context of time and space. The right-angle spiral of a stairwell may remind him of similar biases within the chemistry of the biological kingdom. This can be carried to remarkable lengths -- for example, the jutting balconies of the Hilton Hotel had become identified with the lost gill-slits of the dying film actress, Elizabeth Taylor. Much of Travis?s thought concerns what he terms ?the lost symmetry of the blastosphere? -- the primitive precursor of the embryo that is the last structure to preserve perfect symmetry in all planes. It occurred to Travis that our own bodies may conceal the rudiments of a symmetry not only about the vertical axis but also the horizontal. One recalls Goethe?s notion that the skull is formed of modified vertebrae -- similarly, the bones of the pelvis may constitute the remains of a lost sacral skull. The resemblance between histologies of lung and kidney has long been noted. Other correspondences of respiratory and urinogenital function come to mind, enshrined both in popular mythology (the supposed equivalence in size of nose and penis) and in psychoanalytic symbolism (the ?eyes? are a common code for the testicles). In conclusion, it seems that Travis?s extreme sensitivity to the volumes and geometry of the world around him, and their immediate translation into psychological terms, may reflect a belated attempt to return to a symmetrical world, one that will recapture the perfect symmetry of the blastosphere, and the acceptance of the ?Mythology of the Amniotic Return.? In his mind World War III represents the final self-destruction and imblaance of an asymmetric world, the last suicidal spasm of the dextrorotatory helix, DNA. The human organism is an atrocity exhibition at which he is an unwilling spectator ..."


*Art by Takashi Murakami. Text by J.G. Ballard


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Re: Is Not Is Not Is Not Is [Re: Papaver]
    #2847773 - 07/01/04 04:57 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)



Harmonic Resonance Theory: An Alternative to the "Neuron Doctrine" Paradigm of Neurocomputation to Address Gestalt properties of perception.

By Steven Lehar

Submitted to Psychological Review July 1999
Rejected November 1999
Submitted to Behavioral & Brain Sciences September 2000
Not accepted for review because apparently only one paper is allowed per author at a time!
Resubmitted to Behavioral & Brain Sciences March 2004
Not accepted for review March 2004
Author?s Formal Complaint March 2004
Paul Bloom Responds March 2004
Author?s Last Word! March 2004

Long Abstract

The conventional view of neuroscience, known as the neuron doctrine, is based on the assumption that neurocomputation involves discrete signals communicated along fixed transmission lines between discrete computational elements. This atomistic concept is shown to be inadequate to account for invariance in recognition, and perceptual completion phenomena. It is also inconsistent with the holistic global aspects of perception identified by Gestalt theory. A harmonic resonance theory is presented as an alternative paradigm of neurocomputation, in which electrochemical standing waves in the neural substrate are proposed as the principle pattern formation mechanism in the brain, to replace the template-like concept of the spatial receptive field. The principle of harmonic resonance exhibits both the property of invariance, and the emergent Gestalt properties of perception, not as special mechanisms contrived to achieve those properties, but as natural properties of the resonance itself.

1. Introduction

Neuroscience is in a state of serious crisis. For although our knowledge of the neurophysiological and biomolecular properties of the brain continues to advance by leaps and bounds, there has been no real progress in our understanding of the most fundamental questions of information representation and processing in the brain. In fact we have no idea what the correct level of description should be to capture the essential aspects of neurocomputation, because there is no universally accepted theory of how the brain codes information, a problem that Searle (1997, p. 198) has called "the dirty secret of contemporary neuroscience". Neuroscience therefore remains in what Kuhn called a pre-paradigmatic state, with no real consensus on the foundational assumptions or elemental principles of the science. ...


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Re: Is Not Is Not Is Not Is [Re: Papaver]
    #2847884 - 07/01/04 05:25 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)



I proposed several solutions; all unsatisfactory. We discussed them; finally, Stephen Albert said to me:

"In a riddle whose answer is chess, what is the only prohibited word?" I thought a moment and replied:

"The word chess."

"Precisely," said Albert. "The garden of forking paths is an enormous riddle, or parable, whose theme is time; this hidden cause prohibits the mention of its name. To omit a word always, to resort to inept metaphors and obvious periphrases, is perhaps the most emphatic way of stressing it. That is the tortuous method he preferred, in each of the meanderings of his indefatigable novel by the oblique Ts'ui Pen. I have compared hundreds of manuscripts, I have corrected the errors that the negligence of the copyists has introduced, I have guessed the plan of this chaos, I have re-established, I believe I have re-established, the primordial organization, I have translated the entire work: it is clear to me that not once does he employ the word 'time.' The explanation is obvious: The garden of forking paths is an incomplete, but not false, image of the universe as Ts'ui Pen conceived it. In contrast to Newton and Schopenhauer, your ancestor did not believe in a uniform, absolute time. He believed in an infinite series of times, in a growing, dizzying net of divergent, convergent and parallel times. This network of times which approach one another, fork, break off, or were unaware of one another for centuries, embraces all possibilities of time. We do not exist in the majority of these times; in some you exist, and not I; in others, I, and not you; in others, both of us. In the present one, which a favorable fate has granted me, you have arrived at my house; in another, while crossing the garden, you found me dead; in still another, I utter these same words, but I am a mistake, a ghost."

"In every one," I pronounced, not without a tremble, "I am grateful to you and revere you for your re-creation of the garden of Ts'ui Pen."

"Not in all," he murmured with a smile. "Time forks perpetually toward innumerable futures. In one of them I am your enemy."


*Art by Robert Crumb. Text by J. L. Borges


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Re: This Is Not Is Not Is Not Is This [Re: Papaver]
    #2848098 - 07/01/04 06:31 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

Chapter 6: In which our hero tries to free himself from entanglement in the procreative drives of the twin serpents in the garden of the double helix...

/queue the music... roll the film...



Genius
by Warren Zevon and Larry Klein

I?ve got a bitter pot of je ne sais quoi
Guess what--I?m stirring it with a monkey?s paw
Since I saw you coming out of my barber?s shop
In that skimpy little halter top

Did you light the candles? Did you put on "Kind of Blue?"
Did you use that Ivy League voodoo on him, too?
He thinks he?ll be alright but he doesn?t know for sure
Like every other unindicted coconspirator

Mata Hari had a house in France
Where she worked on all her secret plans
Men were falling for her sight unseen
She was a genius

There?s a a face in every window of the Songwriters? Neighborhood
Everybody?s your best friend when you?re doing well--I mean good
The poet who lived next door when you were young and poor
Grew up to be a backstabbing entrepreneur

Albert Einstein was a ladies? man
While he was working on his universal plan
He was making out like Charlie Sheen
He was a genius

When you dropped me and you staked your claim
On a V.I.P. who could make your name
You latched on to him and I became
A minor inconvenience
Your prot?g? don?t care about art
I?m the one who always told you you were smart
You broke my heart into smithereens
And that took genius

You and the barber make a handsome pair
Guess what--I never liked the way he cut your hair
I didn?t like the way he turned your head
But there?s nothing I can do or say I haven?t done or said

Everybody needs a place to stand
And a method for their schemes and scams
If I could only get my record clean
I?d be a genius


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Re: This Is Not Is Not Is Not Is This [Re: Papaver]
    #2848118 - 07/01/04 06:36 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

your almost to wierd for human consumption pap, almost.
Are you just as weird in person? Has anybody ever tried to have you commited?
or are you like clark kent by day, and this is like your batcave where you get your freak on, and make your lifes work to funkitize the galaxy?


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Re: This Is Not Is Not Is Not Is This [Re: Dreamer987]
    #2848141 - 07/01/04 06:42 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

yes...


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Re: This Is Not Is Not Is Not Is This [Re: Papaver]
    #2851119 - 07/02/04 02:04 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)



As early as The Mechanical Bride (1953) -- his first full-length attempt to provide a symptomatology of media psychopathology -- McLuhan had written of "the curious fusion of sex, technology and death" in media artifacts. Newspaper layout -- effectively a form of collage according to McLuhan -- operates via "editorial ghoul techniques", "poetic associations of linked and contrasting imagery". McLuhan cites one magazine example, "in which the central picture was a wounded man coming home ?to face it all another day down another death-swept road.? Flanking him was a sprawling pin-up: ?Half a million servicemen wrote for this one.? And underneath him in exactly the same posture of surrender was a nude female corpse with a rope around her neck: ?Enraged Nazis hanged this Russian guerrilla.?" McLuhan speculates that this "may well be what draws people to the death shows of the speedways and fills the press and magazines with close-ups of executions, suicides and smashed bodies. A metaphysical hunger to experience everything sexually, to pluck out the heart of the mystery for a super-thrill."
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Pornography and Gothic fiction stand behind the media machineries McLuhan describes, as technologies for the targeting and heightening of stimulation.? Gothic fiction, like pornography, is sold as a body-stimulating machine, its "super-thrills" not directly sexual, but "spine-chilling" or "hair-raising." (Although, as McLuhan hints, and as we shall explore more fully below, for Videodrome and Ballard, the tendency in hypermedia/sensation culture is towards an abstract sensation and away from a naturalized sexuality, towards a cyberoticism or hypersexuality that precisely puts in question the limits of the sexual as such.)

Videodrome appears in the film as the updating and technicization of McLuhan?s "fusion of sex, technology and death." The videodrome signal is the ultimate interactive technology; distributed via fleshy cassettes that pulse with obscene nonorganic animation, it is a hyper-intense "media" apparatus, a crossbreed of video, virtual reality and? (anti-biotic) contagion. Videodrome?s? inventor is Brian O?Blivion ("not the name I was born with ... some day all of us will have special names,? names that will cause the cathode ray to vibrate") a media guru who has been described both as "an obvious McLuhan figure" and as "a thinly disguised Baudrillard," (which tells us as much about the close relationship between Baudrillard and McLuhan as it does about Cronenberg?s film).? According to his daughter, Bianca, O?Blivion saw Videodrome as "the next stage in man?s evolution as a technological animal... a new organ, a new part of the brain."? When Max first encounters O?Blivion, on a TV talk show, he is,? we subsequently learn, already dead. The "first victim of Videodrome" survives as a set of video recordings ("he made thousands of them"), appearing "on TV only on TV".
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As the head of a small cable channel, Renn is turned onto Videodrome by? its promise of? a new and extreme combination of sex and violence; tricked into believing it is an illicit broadcast coming out of the third world, he thinks of it at first as snuff TV: "no plot, characters, torture, murder .. very, very realistic". Although Videodrome? appears at first to be (merely) a particularly hardcore variant of S/M porn, pornography here is only ostensibly (or initially) to do with biotic sex,? functioning instead as a probe-head through which techniques for the maximization of? stimulation (and -- concomitantly -- its management) can be explored.? Videodrome?s purpose is to? "open the neural floodgates", to trigger "receptors in the brain and spine". Recalling the McLuhan-Ballard correlation of mass media? with sexualised violence, (a convergence explored more fully by Cronenberg in Crash),? Videodrome points to an eroticization of everything that immediately de-privileges sex in its bio-reproductive mode. "It?s not exactly sex," Renn warns his lover Nicki Brand (Deborah Harry) of Videodrome."Says who?" she counters, echoing Ballard?s deterritorialization of sex in The Atrocity Exhibition (of which more shortly).


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