[-empyre-] Before the Law / control and cutting, stripped naked

simon swht at clear.net.nz
Mon Oct 29 09:31:24 EST 2012

On 29/10/12 04:43, Maria Damon wrote:
> I wonder if, in order to accommodate a possible trauma-caused "new 
> me," one could pre-emptively expand ones empathic or non-ego-based 
> capacities through various practices: meditation, etc. Of course it's 
> the ego-identified self that's setting this goal-oriented 
> non-egocentricity in motion, and that self will then be impaired by 
> trauma, but the cerebral/neurological changes may be in place by then 
> and may mitigate ego-centered suffering. Hmm. all very speculative.
yes, this is what I was trying to get at with my question about becoming 
equal to the wound, the etc. A counter-actualisation in Deleuze's terms, 
explicitly linked to autopoesis (and Foucault) and artistic practice and 
various intoxications rather than a good and moral sensible meditation - 
a Great Health of Great Risk.

Although, as the biodoc on Glass, 14 parts, says: if you do not reach 
enlightenment in sitting meditation it's a failure; in active 
meditation, if you fail to reach enlightenment, at least you get fit!

Meehan Crist, from the review quoted by Johannes:
> Scientists can describe, in great detail, what happens on a number of 
> different levels—the molecular, the neuronal, the behavioral, etc.—but 
> they often can't connect the activity on one level to the activity on 
> another. 

Even a cursory reading of Damasio shows the opposite to be true. The 
effort lies in the attempt to follow the interactivity of the "different 
levels." Sounds like the typical idealist or subjectivist brush-off.

On 29/10/12 02:40, Johannes Birringer wrote:
> rather than become drawn into the many psychopathologies normally at work and existing in our societies, promoted and hyped and mediated on a daily level, the self-loathing and punitive and self-harming and grossly humiliating entertainment societies, bathed in the excess of criminality and disasters needed reporting for our daily fix,  we live in?
rather than this, Johannes, asks, what is to be done? Catherine Malabou 
kicks herself for not taking her grandmother with Alzheimers back home 
to be among familiar things in a familiar setting. Not because once 
there she might recognise something and snap out of it. But because it 
might have soothed her mind to be among familiar things and not 
recognise /herself/ or to recognise her /own/ absence.

InBotho Strauß's Big and Little, one of the characters says, Take care 
of things. Because they will outlive you.

Is memory also such a thing? Can it outlive the person to whom it is 
said to belong?

Or is there a surface effect, a superficial causality, connecting 
things, memories, pains, and as able to disconnect?

Foucault would exploit this surface as a technical field in which 
actions have certain powers and where the self is more or less simply an 

The "notion of an "emergent, globalized psychic pathology"" is not a 
drug to be taken outside of a carefully controlled and monitored and 
emotionally supportive environment or else it is itself the project and 
end of that carefully controlled and monitored and emotionally 
supportive environment.


Simon Taylor
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