Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Doors of Percpetion & the learned foolery of research

"He was delicate; he had mischievous moods; he could play. He carried his rag doll
about him for company until he was eight. He was fond of grumbling."
Sybille Bedford

"... le génie est le meneur de jeu en personne... Peut-être est-il aujourd'hui même 
dans un endroit auquel on ne pense guère. Car c'est souvent un hérétique aux yeux 
du dogme. L'école ferait bien de le garder comme un secret dans une chambre 
close... un mage! Il faudrait donner un cours en dehors du complexe scolaire... 
construction du secret."
Paul Klee (traduction par Pierre-Henri Gonthier)

"Daniela, telefonando de Londres, ficou horrorizada. Achou que eu tivesse me
convertido a algum novo tipo de religião."
Gerald Thomas

"... there is a critical blindspot. The more intently we look for the answer
in terms of the grid, the more impossible the task becomes."
Thomas P. Kasulis

"Nietzsche critique Darwin, parce que celui-ci interprète l'évolution, et même le hasard
dans l'évolution, d'une manière toute réactive. Il admire Lamarck, parce que Lamarck 
a pressenti l'existence d'une force plastique vraiment active..."
Gilles Deleuze

"... cette force d'inertie dont tout le monde parle à mots couverts, et qui n'est jamais devenue 
si obscure que depuis que toute la terre et la vie présente se sont mêlées de l'élucider..." 

Main Hall:
"There is always money for, there are always doctorates in, the learned foolery of research into what, for scholars, is the all-important problem: Who influenced whom to say what when? ...But when it comes to finding out how you and I, our children and grandchildren, may become more perceptive, more intensely aware of inward and outward reality, more open to Spirit, less apt, by psychological malpractices, to make ourselves physically ill, and more capable of controlling our own autonomic nervous system... no really respectable university or church will do anything about it... 
Besides, this matter of education in the non-verbal humanities will not fit into any of the established pigeonholes. It is not religion, not neurology, not gymnastics, not morality or civics, not even experimental psychology. This being so the subject is, for academic and ecclesiastical purposes, non-existent and may safely be ignored altogether or left, with a patronizing smile, to those whom the Pharisees of verbal orthodoxy call cranks, quacks, charlatans and unqualified amateurs."

By "non-verbal humanities," Huxley means investigations possibly related to traditional academic disciplines such as philosophy, history, the study of literature, painting etc., but not hampered by the many conceptual systems and "notions" that hinder direct experience of reality as a Bergsonian living field of interconnected intensities. (It is through Henri Bergson that Huxley makes sense of his experience with mescaline. Bergson comes second only to William Blake in terms of importance to Huxley's essay.)

Huxley criticism of universities and churches is fair and still valuable (and even more now than then). 
The only (but serious) problem with this essay is Huxley understanding of art mainly in terms of "symbols," as if a painting or a madrigal would have to "stand for" other things. What Cézanne and Alban Berg do is definitely more than merely representing things.
And in "Heaven and Hell," Huxley recognizes that "in nature, as in a work of art, the isolation of an object tends to invest it with absoluteness, to endow it with that more-than-symbolic meaning which is identical with being." He also tempers his criticism of Modern art: "Looking at Ny, Ny, I was amazed to see that every pictorial device invented by the old masters of non-representational art and reproduced ad nauseam by the academicians and mannerists of the school, for the last forty years or more, makes its appearance, alive, glowing, intensely significant, in the sequences of Mr. Thompson's film."

Alfred Dedreux as a Child (Géricault)

From Hal Ashby's
Harold and Maude
(USA, 1971)

'Even as dogs have become beloved pets in the U.S., treated as members of the family, with harsh punishments for those who abuse them, the behavior of corporate and academic entities that subject dogs to gruesome experimentations has barely changed. It’s a strange hypocrisy: Individuals may not abuse these animals, but corporations can...' (Bred do Suffer: Inside the Barbaric U.S. Industry of Dog Experimentation, The Intercept);

"In the fall of 1949, the influential scientific General Advisory Committee of the AEC recommended not to proceed with the hydrogen bomb. The majority, consisting of Oppenheimer, Conant, and Lee DuBridge (a physicist and president of Caltech) argued in ethical and political terms that the bomb was unnecessary, indeed, unwanted, because its use would involve a decision to slaughter a vast number of civilians... Fermi and Rabi agreed in the rejection of what they considered to be a danger to humanity as a whole and necessarily an evil thing considered in any light... Arthur Comton had advised hat this development should not be undertaken, primarily because we should prefer defeat in war to a victory obtained at the expense of the enourmous human disaster that would be caused... There were other and louder voices, especially that of Teller, who argued passionately for a thermonuclear crash program. During the beginning of the Cold War, his voice reached the ears of many politicians and, not surprisingly, generals and admirals... President Truman authorized the development of a superbomb based on fusion... Many of America's best physicists, including some of those (Oppenheimer, Bethe and Fermi) who had argued against the superbomb, now engaged collectively in an effort to find a way of how to construct the bomb... by 1952 a thermonuclear test device, called Mike, was ready... It took one and a half years of hard work to develop Mike into a real bomb that could be dropped from an airplane. The result was Bravo... The destructive yield was awesome, corresponding to about 15 megatons of TNT or more than 1000 times as much as the 1945 Hiroshima bomb... The Soviet Union followed quickly in the new arms race..." (Helge Kragh, Quantum Generations);

"... historians of science have suggested that... the military spirit is identifiable even in the pragmatic and instrumentalist attitude toward high-energy physics that characterized many American theorists" (Kragh, 300) 

"... one of the effects of the new kind of big science was a marked shift of the role of the physicist, from an individual researcher to a small wheel in a collective research effort. It was a shift that many physicists of the old school deplored. One of them was Percy Bridgman, the Nobel laureate and philosopher of science, who argued that the new style of physcis was detrimental to creative ideas and intellecutal freedom... this was a critique to be repeated and reinforced by a younger generation of physicists" (Kragh, 307).

See also: 

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Kur-d-t My Ghost

"... la musique et la drogue ont des traits différentiels qui les mettent du côté d'une machine de guerre nomade
(la machine de guerre a pour objet, non pas la guerre, mais le tracé d'une ligne de fuit créatrice)"
"... un chormatisme élargi porte à la fois la musique et la métallurgie"
Deleuze & Guattari, Mille Plateaux

"Pure experience is an animated state with maximum freedom in which there is not
the least gap between the will's demand and its fulfillment."
Kitaro Nishida

"incesticide orphelin"
"Swiss side"
Marcel Duchamp

"fuck we were this close..."
"the overbearing dominator..."
"Seattle SCENE Luminaries..."
"ooh eeerie mystical doom..."
"thru your past experieces do you think it would be wise to demant receipts for recording, pressing costs?"
"we still make movies, the last one we did was in Tacoma at NEVER NEVERLAND... other stars included Rick Derringer and John Lennons Penis."

"determination of botanical possibilities... An infared light will simulate the sun in times of winter. A hypnotherapist will hold your hand and aid you into going back to bed."
"I can see small transparent blotches of debris on the outer shell of my eyes.  (or the conjunctiva). And can only follow it as my eye moves downward. its like, watching film footage of amoeba or jelly like plankton under a microscope."
"A lot of NAive asshole kids just called her retarded because she never talked."
"... walking in the woods."
"steel SHEEP at a store near you..."
"I left a butter scotch swiss miss pudding out over night & it turned Bright flourescent green."
"munching, chewing hot stacked earth momma sitting in the open woods of nottingham early in the mornings fog."
"May I throw out my hip? I had a bad fall."
"Lolli pop up you know where."
"the art of shopping & matching outfits from the luxury of selection..."
"the mountains which will always be addicted to boredom."
"Elvis Costello — Pump it up."
"Im crosslegged, Rosary to the left..."
"stuck in the middle with you."
"All this wonderfully important deep thought hindered me from REAlizing that the entire House WAS filled with SMOKE from the Charles Bukowski Books..."
"punk rock means freedom..."
"I use bits and pieces of others personalities to form my own."
"If Jimmi Hendrix were alive..."
"I like girls with weird eyes."
"I like to swim."
"I lack sincerity."
"maybe vegetables will diffuse the chemicals i produce inside me."
"I feel this society has lost its sense of what art is... Art is SEriously being fuCKed with."
"Art is Sacred... expression And right to express is vital."
"I had exausted most conversation at age nine."
"Nihilism is a fine building block to construct foundation of Ideals but dont let the termites come in [tag this here]." 
"give me a leonard cohen afterworld."
"Throw eggs at your enemy. A symbolic chicken foetus AT Pro lifers."
"I am a male. age 23 and Im Lactating."
"The finest day Ive ever had WAS whem TOmorrow NEVER Came."
"My credit ran away from me."
"You said that I remind you of yourself tomorrow."
"... down by the lazy rivers of the rhone or rhine."
"we gleefully decline the opportunity to be raped by the limey Journalist... no thank you."
"geezus Christ. (repeat)"
"mistrust All Systematizers..."
"my feathers are my pussy... [page 189 probably the most precious of all]"
"being A borderline Annorexic Auzhwitz-Grunge-Boy."
"Im not nearly as concerned with or about myself or anyone as the media would have us believe..."
"... and all of his orgones and bad thoughts and desires for truth will soak into the walls of my lower intestines. [page 196 probably the most precious of all]"
"vagina medical books, the meat puppets and"
"what the fuck do they teach journalists at school anyway?"
"film adds ten pounds to A person."
"a topless dancer?"
"has gratuity been added?"
"... what we all have known for too long as shit Rock, prefabricated, incestually politically business oriented garbage..."
"Heroes my ass!"
"sadly we don't speak bird."
"like a hypocrite in a hippie crypt."
"a ghost vapor comes out of his chest and groin area and enters me Body."
"he had big lips and liked peanuts."
"Ive collaborated with one of my only Idols Williams Burroughs and I couldn't feel cooler."
"Stay Gay all the way and wipe your Ass with USA today."

Everything (quotations and pictures) coming from Kurt Cobain Journals (New York: Riverhead Books, 2002).

With Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl & Antony Hodgkinson,
Reading Festival (August 30, 1992):

From Nirvana Live! Tonight! Sold Out!! 
(Kevin Kerslake/Kurt Cobain, 1994):


Jean-Michel Basquiat
detail from Eroica II (1988)
Image taken from Leonhard
Emmerling's Basquiat


Sonic Youth - Superstar:

Sonic Youth - Mildred Pierce:

The Vaselines - Bitch:

The Stooges - I wanna be your dog:


'Even as dogs have become beloved pets in the U.S., treated as members of the family, with harsh punishments for those who abuse them, the behavior of corporate and academic entities that subject dogs to gruesome experimentations has barely changed. It’s a strange hypocrisy: Individuals may not abuse these animals, but corporations can...' (Bred do Suffer: Inside the Barbaric U.S. Industry of Dog Experimentation, The Intercept);

***See also:
- Série, presque à genoux with thread;
- God Save the Queen (Blake's Palace of Wisdom);
- Call me Helium;
- Icons of Romanticism (Brazil);