“If we take in our hand any volume … let us ask, Does it contain any abstract reasoning concerning quantity or number? No. Does it contain any experimental reasoning concerning matter of fact and existence? No. Commit it then to the flames: for it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion.”
— Hume, David, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, conclusion, 1748
2:30 am • 25 November 2013 • 6 notes
“Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, and Saussure might be called the initiators of several modern revolutions, except that the opposition between “tradition” and “revolution”… is itself a part of that metaphysical tradition which they challenged.”
— Miller, J Hillis. 1972. “Tradition and Difference, Review: Natural Supernaturalism.” Diacritics 2 (4): 6–13.
2:30 am • 24 November 2013 • 36 notes
Using a topographical metaphor, this diagram shows the relation of significance in direct proportion to the dimorphism of space and time. I call this eigenmorphism. For example, as human beings, our native frame is the Autobiographical level (top). Our experience has a high significance, which means
1) rich qualia - larger nows and more nesting of personal, sub-personal, and super-personal frames allow for deeper sensory vocabularies.
2) a highly divergent space-time presentation (space and time are opposite for us, but identical for quantum phenomena or astrophysical phenomena).
3) a highly divergent spectrum of realism. The Matroyshka dolls with reflection underneath represent this range of clear/real, vs blurred/intuitive, and reflective/fiction. By contrast, the entangled reflections of the microphysical level of physics are neither real nor fictional. With space and time fused, matter and energy become interchangeable foregrounds for information processing.
2:30 am • 23 November 2013 • 24 notes
“What generally passes for nature in the bourgeois context of delusion is merely the scar tissue of mutilation.”
— Theodor Adorno, Minimal Moralia
Of all difficulties which impede the progress of thought, and the formation of well-grounded opinions on life and social arrangements, the greatest is now the unspeakable ignorance and inattention of mankind in respect to the influences which form human character. Whatever any portion of human species now are, or seem to be, such, it is supposed, they have a natural tendency to be: even when the most elementary knowledge of the circumstances in which they have been placed, clearly points out the cause that made them what they are.
— John Stuart Mill, The Subjection of Woman, 1869 (via heteroglossia)
2:30 am • 21 November 2013 • 39 notes
“The Times of November 1857 contains an utterly delightful cry of outrage on the part of a West-Indian plantation owner. This advocate analyses with great moral indignation – as a plea for the re-introduction of Negro slavery – how the Quashees (free blacks of Jamaica) content themselves with producing only what is strictly necessary for their own consumption, and, alongside this use-value regard loafing (indulgence and idleness) as a real luxury good; how they do not care a damn for the sugar and the fixed capital invested in the plantations but rather observe the planter’s impending bankruptcy with an ironic grin of malicious pleasure.”
— Karl Marx, Grundrisse (via fourwindsshotgun)
2:30 am • 20 November 2013 • 144 notes
“The more man puts into God, the less he retains in himself.”
— Karl Marx. (Grundrisse, I, p. XXII)
2:30 am • 19 November 2013 • 72 notes
“…all imitation is subversive. It transforms or destroys what it copies. The authentic “progeny” of a literary work are all bad sons who kill their father, or try to, prodigal sons who never return home.”
— Miller, J Hillis. 1972. “Tradition and Difference Review: Natural Supernaturalism.” Diacritics 2 (4): 6–13. p.9
2:30 am • 18 November 2013 • 13 notes
"In fact, of course, this ‘productive’ worker cares as much about the crappy shit he has to make as does the capitalist himself who employs him, and who also couldn’t give a damn for the junk."
Best quote from the Grundrisse, pp.273.
2:30 am • 17 November 2013 • 10 notes
“Circulation therefore does not carry within itself the principle of self-renewal. The moments of the latter are presupposed to it, not posited by it. Commodities constantly have to be thrown into it anew from the outside, like fuel into a fire. Otherwise it flickers out in indifference.”
— Marx, Grundrisse, Chapter on Capital, Notebook II. (via freeandeasywandering)
2:30 am • 16 November 2013 • 13 notes