Institute for the Study of Globalization and Covert Politics
This is a quick note on a quick note, which seems to me to raise the question of the role of the negative in Deleuze:
I think you are saying that desire is both eros and eris, both break and flow, both connect and cut. So maybe it would be less misleading to talk of an “ontology of breaks and flows”
In a similar vein, Deleuze often talks in terms of positivity and affirmation, as if the negative were excluded from his ontology. Yet the recurrent prefix (that is to say operator) “de-“, as in deterritorialisation is an index of “good” negation that does not create lack but openness. Or the “dé-pli” the unfolding that accompanies the fold. Or “dé-faire” unmaking, as in unmaking the strata.
So your opposition of centrifugal flows and and centripetal oedipus may need to be at least complemented by the opposition of stratification and…
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Part one (A Way In)
There are two fish tanks, sitting side by side. The fish in tank #1 glances over and notices tank #2. He shouts across to the fish in tank #2, “Hey, how’s the water?” The fish in tank #2 shouts back, “Wow! Yea…water….I’ve never really noticed it before! It’s great, how’s yours?” Tank #1 fish shouts back, “Much the same!”
Two points about this:
One…much like the fish in tank #2, most folks are mostly unaware of the water in which we swim. I’d go as far as to say that this “unawareness” extends to the fact that we are even in water. However, the water is there, even if we are not aware of it. This “water” is the worldview, or set of assumptions and beliefs, that colours how we live our lives. We are often unaware of these deep assumptions or how influential…
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Any day now, the papers comprising volume 21, a special issue on stigmergy, should become available. In the meantime check out the papers in their “in press” status.
Lars Rune Christensen
Ted G. Lewis
Margery J. Doyle, Leslie Marsh
An effective society unites the details of everyday life with higher ideas.
If our daily actions bear no relation to our intangible founding principles, the higher ideas become mere platitudes.
Higher ideas not corroborated by the mundane experience become hypocrisy.
The mundane unguided by higher ideas becomes pointless and mechanical.
In successful social systems, daily life and idealism feed off of each other and their energy multiplies.
Islam, perhaps better than any other creed, understands the paramount importance of uniting the high and the mundane.
And so long as they are the best at doing this, their formula will prevail wherever in the world they go
Prayer time 5 times a day is one of the masterpieces of Islam. Ordinary people are never allowed the slightest chance to forget the role of abstract guiding principles in their daily lives. The reminders never cease.
Towering minarets that publicly announce the primacy…
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