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Micro-Genealogies 

For medicine, the population growth means that there will be a huge abundance of mutations that have arisen in the past few generations, since population genetics won't have time to lose any via genetic drift, or get rid of them through selective pressure. Many of these mutations will be unique, limited to an original founder …

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Deleuze’s Bacon 

Everything is divided into diastole and systole, with repercussions at each level.  The systole, which contracts the body, goes from the structure to the Figure, while the diastole, which extends and dissipates it, goes from the Figure to the structure.  But there is already a diastole in the first movement, when the body extends itself …

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Baudrillard’s Marx 

Baudrillard’s challenge to Marx is that his writing no longer explains contemporary society. In this, Marx, like all theorists, succumbs to unavoidable reversibility – the inversion which is the fate of every theory and critique Baudrillard, 1975:50. Baudrillard was also among the first to point out that we had already entered a post-Marxist age in …

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Physiology and Phenomenology 

The physiologist, at least traditionally, sees the body as separate parts that work together like a machine. For Merleau-Ponty, however, the body cannot be understood as separate parts but must be understand as a whole, as it is lived. The body as it is lived is an experiential body, a body that opens onto a …

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phatic melodies 

If one comes upon two friends unexpectedly meeting for the first time in many months, and one chances to hear their initial words of surprise, greeting, and pleasure, one may readily notice a tonal, melodic layer of communication beneath the explicit meaning of the words—a rippling rise and fall of the voices in a sort …

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Magicology 

Countless anthropologists have managed to overlook the ecological dimension of the shaman's craft, while writing at great length of the shaman's rapport with "supernatural" entities. We can attribute much of this oversight to the modern, civilized assumption that the natural world is largely determinate and mechanical, and that what is experienced as mysterious, powerful, and …

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Magicology 

Some may argue that the ritual reverence paid to one's long-dead human ancestors, and the assumption of their influence in present life, easily invalidates my contention that the various "powers" or "spirits" that move throughout the discourse of indigenous, oral peoples are ultimately tied to nonhuman but nonetheless sentient forces in the enveloping terrain. This …

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Ecology of Magic 

For most oral cultures, the enveloping and sensuous Earth remains the dwelling place of both the living and the dead. The "body"--human or otherwise--is not yet a mechanical object. It is a magical entity, the mind's own sensuous aspect, and at death the body's decomposition into soil, worms, and dust can only signify the gradual …

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eco-linguistics 

It is by a complementary shift of attention that one may suddenly come to hear the familiar song of a blackbird or a thrush in a surprisingly new manner—not just as a pleasant melody repeated mechanically, but as active, meaningful speech. Suddenly, subtle variations in the tone and rhythm of that whistling phrase seem laden …

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quantum interpositions 

Most intriguing are the links between entanglement and energy production. Our bodies run on adenosine triphosphate, a chemical made in cells when electrons move through a chain of intermediate molecules. The process happens much faster than scientists can explain - apparently because of entanglement between the electrons. That would certainly tie in with the way …

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landscapes 

Above ancient seasonal rhythms and inscrutable connectivities, life skits about like a cursor on a ouija board, guided by chance and exuberant inventiveness as much as deep-rooted imperatives. via New Statesman - Where two kinds of wildness collide.

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Copus, “Heronkind” 

How much less complex life would be without this feverish dance between the wanter and the wanted, though the truth of it is that without fish all heron kind would be stunted via New Statesman - "Heronkind".

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Harvard Library 

Harvard Library's Faculty Advisory Council is telling faculty that it's financially 'untenable' for the university to keep on paying extortionate access fees for academic journals. It's suggesting that faculty make their research publicly available, switch to publishing in open access journals and consider resigning from the boards of journals that don't allow open access. via …

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Synergetic Networks 

Locations in a logical space may have any number of addressing elements i.e. coordinates -- and the analogy between such a "logical space" and the space of visual-tactile experiences is embedded in metaphors. Connections between any two experiences, regardless of when-where they occurred, are edges, to which edges the properties of tension pull and compression …

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Hypercross Dogmatics 

20th Century western metaphysics, includes hypercross dogmatics, by which I mean the preaching that human sensory apparatus, with or without instrumental enhancements, is, by some flaw in its design, locked out of certain critical perceptual realms knowable only vicariously via sophisticated hypercross mathematics. Hypercross mathematics posits a fourth axis perpendicular to the three already mutually …

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omnidirectional halo 

The tuned system itself consists of inter-related events, points of focus. Synergetics models the relationships among our set of relevant considerations as lines of tension around the circumference of a sphere. This is because synergetics consistently associates order with a squeezing implosive action, disorder with a radial explosive action. Radial vectors each act on their …

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recipro-synergy 

The classic concept of "void" in Buddhism is inextricable from the teaching re "co-dependent origination" aka "no self nature" -- everything defines everything else and no entity has independent meaning or sense. Another way of saying it is "no thing supplies its own context". via Psychology of Synergetics.

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Foucault’s Epistemology 

Foucault, Intro to Canguilhem's Normal and Pathological: In the end, both pose the same kinds of questions which must be addressed to a rationality which makes universal claims while developing in contingency; which asserts its unity but proceeds only by means of partial modification when not by general recastings; which authenticates itself through its own …

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Nietzche’s Genealogy 

Nietzsche, Genealogy of Morals (trans. Kaufmann and Hollingdale). New York: Vintage Books, 1989. p.77: How have previous genealogists of morals set about solving these problems ?  Naively, as has always been their way: they seek out some 'purpose' in punishment, for example, revenge or deterrance, then guilelessly place this purpose at the beginning as causa …

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Rational number – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 

Since the set of rational numbers is countable, and the set of real numbers is uncountable, almost all real numbers are irrational. via Rational number - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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