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Aslan Gabor
The Black Sea
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There are notions of vast generality that travel freely between different disciplines, prompting analogies and exciting convergences between human and natural sciences. If the ideas of structure, self-organization and attractor are some of these, homeostasis is another. Like the items in the first group, homeostasis also affords its explanatory benefits... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at The Power of Decision Forgone
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By Alan Parkinson, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9121664 Catalogues of imaginary diseases of the kind found in Burroughs and Michaux, and recently in an anthology such as Thackeray Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric and Discredited diseases have a certain fascination. Probably no one who has been seriously sick would talk about... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at The Power of Decision Forgone
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In his notebooks on psychology Paul Valery called for a thought experiment: Imagine a person whose entire experience were changed into functions. He would be the scientific being par excellence. Would he not be troubled by these innumerable functions? A person who would not forget the cards already played and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at The Power of Decision Forgone
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Yuksel Arslan - Insan - kitaptan He was smart, curious and well aware of his privilege. Brought a deep seriousness to his studies, whatever they happened to concern. Besides all that, had an unpredictable streak, loved amusing himself in goofy ways. Early on toyed with the idea of becoming a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at The Power of Decision Forgone
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Souriau defines the being of the fictional character with concern and care. The fact that they ''are present and exist for us with an existence based in desire, concern, fear, or hope, or even fancy and diversion. We could say of these beings that they exist in proportion to the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at The Power of Decision Forgone
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credits http://302art.blogspot.com.tr/p/vincent-van-goghs-pair-of-old-shoes.html I believe my declining years-how I like to abuse this before its real and fearful time-- gives me special knowledge of attrition and assymmetry, which go hand in hand. But it's not only the level of knowledge, say a clinically based one, on which one may relate to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2017 at The Power of Decision Forgone
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Radial is a placeholder and stand-in for expatriation, the encounter with the unassimilable that ends up confronting one's own position and way of thinking with the abyss under it. It is chosen and it chooses me, because of its direct suspension of a dominant trait of most conventional communication and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at The Power of Decision Forgone
In a famous statement Bruno Latour wrote that ''as to emancipation, it does not mean ‘freed from bonds’ but well-attached'', implying the necessity of the networks that provide the context and relays for any independent actor in his actor-network framework. The detachment that concerns this piece does not quite belong... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2017 at The Power of Decision Forgone
In a famous statement Bruno Latour wrote that ''as to emancipation, it does not mean ‘freed from bonds’ but well-attached'', implying the necessity of the networks that provide the context and relays for any independent actor in his actor-network framework. The detachment that concerns this piece does not quite belong... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2017 at Hourglass of Love
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From Thelen's book on dynamical systems (found in Killeen) The situation 4, is resolutely ethical, in the sense of an exploration of and possible organization of modes of existence around a ''good'' or values that are communicable, and even imperative to communicate. The possible configurations of a concept of situation... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2016 at The Power of Decision Forgone
Aslan Gabor is now following Jodi Dean
Nov 21, 2016
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_You are known as ''the swarmer'' and this is an unusual label. Some swarms are generally not welcome, they are a scourge for the crops and even trees. So why do people call you that? Well you are certainly right. I also wondered if there wasn't a better way of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at The Power of Decision Forgone
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Who told them that nature could not form a bundle with a unique section which could give rise to an organ unknown to us? Diderot-D'Alembert's Dream The ways of the individual, and the ways of the species are not set, and one doesn't exist apart from the other. This is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2016 at The Power of Decision Forgone
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Arizona lizard- img credits: http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/events/lizardwalk In a great profile piece, Joy Williams is reported to bemoan ''contemporary writing's inability to cope with the grandeur and tragedy of the natural world''. The essay in which she makes this observation also reportedly warns that a certain all too familiar ''obsessional looking at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at The Power of Decision Forgone
Blueprints of a work in an inherently optimistic vein, that a vision of plurality of divinities, rich with examples of anomalous and unusual tenor, picked according to quirky taste...can have a cumulative effect in the slow attrition of settled convictions and fanaticism of religious belief, the justification of sacrifice and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at The Power of Decision Forgone
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When Richard Widmark pushed that old lady in that wheelchair down that flight of stairs, it was like a personal breakthrough for me. It resolved a number of conflicts. I copied Richard Widmark's sadistic laugh and used it for ten years. It got me through some emotional periods. Widmark as... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2016 at The Power of Decision Forgone
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Not only is he no stranger to the embodied, nondeducible difference between left and right, for which Kant deserves acknowledging, as displayed in the great episode of the broken arm where Michaux's whole world and even temperament changes after an injury that forces him to start using his left hand and discover the ''gauche man'', but he also consistently exploits a more abstract sense of orientation in the absence of pathmarks, having to do with being a prey to perilously narrow regimes of encounter, and the general unevenness of habits and places of a life: ''We have not forgotten it, you know, cut up in slices, in unequal, surprising slices, a world of distraction, a root that is never watered''. Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2016 at The Power of Decision Forgone
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Here are three works that together translate a certain quality of prolonged affective attunement with its different facades of wonder, apprehension, and search for revelation that slips the grasp of any narrative. They aptly compose that feeling that dominated the summer and give it a visual form, in turn lending... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at The Power of Decision Forgone
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He formed scales to weigh; He formed massy weights; He formed a brazen quadrant; He formed golden compasses And began to explore the Abyss ... William Blake The Book of Urizen A need to measure this measure and span this span over the abyss. For some time now, the discreet... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at The Power of Decision Forgone
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courtesy of biblioklept.org DeLillo's mastery over words mastery over things. A surrealism of things bearing their names, having them as part of their mode of existence... to be rendered by names, recreation of a world that never existed this way before. Rendition. The word is found in Point Omega, but... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2016 at The Power of Decision Forgone
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I came upon that city/ And saw it being built / I too was built with it/ Amidst stone and earth. Hadji Bayram Wali (qtd. in Wolper) The only thing I have fixed in my mind is the title, Extinction, for the sole purpose of my account will be to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2016 at The Power of Decision Forgone
Paranoia is a discourse of ''behind the scenes'' (what DeLillo calls a ''dietrology'') and a natural accompaniment to the massive interconnections and reciprocal causalities of the global economy, responding to them with a crisis of subjectivity and belief. As Debord pointed out, ''networks of promotion/control slide impercept­ibly into networks of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2016 at The Power of Decision Forgone
17th century was a good time for situations largely because Leibniz gave a go at reviving an old geometric procedure he called the Analysis Situs, a subject whose lineage has ended up in myriad forms of recondite mathematical topologies today. Analysis situs is an instance of a thinker in a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2016 at The Power of Decision Forgone
Situation is the name of a boundedness we assume. As if we can circumscribe, contain and draw conclusions to extrapolate away. Boundedness depends on the position one takes on it, inside or outside, looking in. The city with flitting lights, that is my situation from the hilltop. I have a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2016 at The Power of Decision Forgone
All our misery comes from untimeliness and anachronism All our misery comes from tripping up on praise All our misery comes from the impatience to achieve All our misery comes from not asking people to repeat their questions and do as if we really understand All our misery comes from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2016 at The Power of Decision Forgone