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The Genealogy of the Unconscious: Evolution, Awareness, Creativity

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affirmation / creativity / Dionysos / drives / evolution / human / libido / metaphor / morality / Nietzsche / reality / relation / truth / unconscious / will

“What does man actually know about himself? Is he, indeed, ever able to perceive himself completely, as if laid out in a lighted display case? Does nature not conceal most things from him — even concerning his own body — in order to confine and lock him within a proud, deceptive consciousness, aloof from the coils of the bowels, the rapid flow of the blood stream, and the intricate quivering of the fibers! She threw […]

Aesthetics, Asymmetry and Weakness: Nietzsche and the Beautiful

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aesthetics / art / beauty / becoming / chaos / human / will

Improvisation (Kandinsky) “I owe to you the most beautiful dream of my life.” – Nietzsche, [from a letter to Lou Salome] I cannot help but admire Nietzsche when he writes in Twilight of the Idols that there is nothing beautiful but man. For Nietzsche, vanity is ‘the first truth of aesthetics.’ He even supplies a corollary: ugliness is precisely the ‘degeneration of the human.’ Here Nietzsche method allows us to see possibility for new forms […]

Philosophy of the Forenoon

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Nietzsche / nomad / noon / will

Born out of the mysteries of the dawn, they ponder how the day can have such a pure, transparent, transfigured and cheerful face between the hours of ten and twelve–they seek the philosophy of the forenoon. (Friedrich Nietzsche, 638 Human All Too Human) As Nietzsche dramatically presents it, the ‘philosophy of the forenoon’ is that sharpest and most beautiful diamond of the intellect, born of a brave and curiously wandering temperament. To seek it is […]

Image and Capital

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capital / creativity / image / machine / virtual / war / will

Prometheus We desire illusions — because we desire revelation. When we have faith, our energy inverts itself from within: the world is suddenly magically transformed, us along with it. Illusions! More like liaisons. Economy is the same way: a magic power grasps hold, a flow of energy spontaneously rearranging the underlying order of the universe. Capital is a specter and a spectacle: universal miracle machine, superego-substitute and hyper-sexual idol all-in-one. From images branded onto faces, […]

The Question of Peace

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Whitehead / will / wittgenstein / Zeno

Bush’s new plan is worthless. Not because it is a bad strategy based on a false hope that this war could be won, or because he’s dismissed vital recommendations; Bush’s new plan for Iraq is worthless for the same reasons the Iraq war itself was senseless. We must protest that the Iraq War would not have been made a “better” or “just” war even if this administration had not lied to us about why we […]