DNA — eggs of time
The story of civilization — a thumbnail sketch
(many of my articles are ongoing kuhnian research-projects, and this is one)
This is experimental writing, so hold on to your shirts!
“We should be glad we have venician blinds, or the curtains will fall on us. “ (Gary Moore)
Financing the grease — a shiny past
Are there financial calamities in our past? That and the time periods is what is at stake in this story. Not a hot debate, but the details of which matter. The Iron Age, the Stone Age, why even the Bronze Age — and then the modern age. It is sometimes postulated that Parthenon was built to be straight, oh sorry, let me explain. You may have heard the fact that the whole base of the Parthenon has a slight curve — research have come up with the idea that this was made on purpose. The Greeks thereby created the illusion of a straight line. This to many observers is one proof of an enlightenment taking place there (3rd century BCE Greece). Allow me to welcome you to this “read” first. I often go off on small adventures and loose myself in so doing, you (the reader) should have only two things in mind as I walk off into the sand-dunes;
The Bronze Age, it is argued, is part of the Stone Age — and make up your own mind about that, leave me to carry on and bide your time. This gives you time to observe.
Agents of change — the gathering of crows
Secondly, Plato even came up with a Kuhnian theory (see The Guthenberg galaxy below) he is almost a contemporary of that edifice (curvy base just mentioned). Plato´s theory (and he has others to be sure) is the one about democracy always being followed by dictatorship(s). You see, the famous Marshall McLuhan plays a part here, mostly I will contend, because he anticipates both Michel Foucault and Thomas Samuel Kuhn. Also, the inspiration from Taleb puts us on page one, him and me. Inspiration for some of these thoughts comes from reading Nessim Nicholas Taleb (cf. Peace — neither Ink nor Blood, here on Medium), but I have been beginning to think Caesar and a less well known general named Aemilius Paulus are creatures of change in a very interesting way. What I am saying is Nessim Nicholas says the exceptions point us to real facts in history! So the strange facts matter. They indicate kuhnian shifts. The Swedish army invaded Frankfort, looting it. Just maybe the “hot money” that flowed into Swedish coffers back then has not really been seen for the “risk-factor” it most likely was. Is finance a subject of history for too long forgotten? Hey! Just trying to make a point here. It sounds familiar, but how? It has been shown via classical writings (cf. Demosthenes) how Athens had a thriving financial sector, and a crash around 360 BC. That is mostly why I mentioned Plato, since he somehow represents ancient Greece, like ouzo does, or retzina today. In our world finance is no longer a piece of the pie, it is the pie. The rug is smaller than the dirt underneath it. We are perhaps at peak orange, peak latte, or are we at peak beard? Is shifting the real issue here, not what shifts? In the thinking asset manager´s mind, the long-end managers always want a minimum of 6 months to plan. One can argue as I will in the second half of this planetary wrap, how stability reigns in short periods of chaos as well (in 1929–32 the stock-market went up), but this hinges on a complex cybernetic theory, and will be presented only later.
Oh, the second, point, sorry, right; make yourself at home, and enjoy, but keep a critical stance! This is about humans and our DNA, making clear how history is part of the human story is only the first step, the rest of this piece is biological and ecological. And paradoxical too. The theories may matter less to you, and I agree. I will not go into them. Medium is not a forum for academic jargon, nor will you come through knowing about these theories, but you may get to know of them. Which is a personal choice, and I dare say an intimate choice, so not one I will force on anyone. Where was I? Six months is not a really really long time, but think about this then. What happens when the situation is unstable? A crisis economy works on short frames, when wobble comes, trouble comes! This very likely happened in Bronze-age society — dependency on trade, lack of demand-brooding war etc. Almost as in Venice in the 1500s (hey financing war against the Turks, honourable! and buying up of assets including occupation of Cyprus-the first bubble in modern history? The Venetians had an empire in a long 400 yrs, and as we have seen they financed war on the Turks, but this empire was indeed financial was it not?). Other examples? Yes, the Bible. The Bible might have a financial or monetary sub-text, one being slowly revealed as in king David´s mines which were quite recently uncovered. Nabateans started it and Egypt controlled it in a long interstice, after which our king David had control of it. All empires, if you think about it, are bubbles. Credit only lasts for so long.
I doubt wether if F.A. Hayek would have gone back in time to help David, or Salomon, would he have been helpful, I mean helpful to any of them? Heck, what is the old testament(?), apart from an in detail historic account of inflation going up and down and busting! If so, it would be an amusing task to “read” the bible again. Archeology has taught us quite recently how citys “boom” and “bust” completely out of synch with other facts. I am not saying archeology is looking wrong, I am saying wider perspectives might help science find out about this. The year seven (what I mean is seven years) seems to be a clue here. Amen. Economics fits into the story of biological man, like a charm. Hence my alluring title — it is the DNA stupid! Now, rather than blaming, let´s say this; it is cyclical to be human, ups and downs.
The Bronze Age is a non-story to most people, too slow, too far away (out of sight is out of mind). But the end was quicker. The process of change we know about. The science of real life mud-slides and ski resort avalanches agree — the shit hits the shiny new, and proverbial kitchen-fan in a scientific way, i.e. in mere split seconds. In line with this avalanche theme, I find it problematic how we catalogue the Bronze Age. This is what you are not told in history books. It is in fact, an end game. A dying out phase. A last bloom of cacti. The study of global decline is a new idea, but one with many angles. Theoretical models, perhaps based on Geoffrey Parkers work is the future of the study of ancient economies, aided by archaeology (Parker is a renaissance historian). But I must make an apology, no simple truth will emerge from these pages. We postulate, and we post-modernise, and history remains patently silent.
Technology as degenerative art (Marshall McLuhan just arrived in Toronto)
If being blunt is to be applauded, the Sumer kingdoms invented finance in the third millenia BC to patch over the fact that people started being anynomous to one another (cf., coal and oil is a patch on modern life, which if you think about it is an increase in energy to fire up everything), the mobile phone or its many siblings are patches on that malaise which is modern societies. Hrm, so tech is the enemy? No, wrong conclusion, energy is the enemy. If enemy is the right word to use. Our partner in crime would be a proper usage. Talk about making sweeping notions and making hyperboles. Yes, modernity started 3000 BC in what was then Sumeria with the realisation that anynomous transactions/ checks had to be invented. I am not making this up. Implications for us are perhaps limited. If the time of digital is new to us, we have already entered the new age, digital is the new thing. Exciting, and yet we got used to it quick. Yet all of these inventions, as they are often called, are mere milk and butter equivalents of McLuhans medium. AI is merely a patch on the giant wound of big data, or of peak complexity (as I call it). Can you come away with thinking bad things about tech? Now you like a negative view in fiction, but as always it is just that, since a view-point is a kind of fiction, albeit a valid view-point. Put it in a front pocket for now. This is in essence McLuhan´s view as well (but this piece is not about him).
The Nazca lines debacle — an egg half-baked
In an article I wrote; There is something of a problem with that article´s main idea. Having written a piece on the feather ball, I realised how the Nazca share mythic qualities with the Aztecs. I had already tinkered together my rather dubious thoughts about the periods. The idea that the Bronze Age in fact does not exist was already on the books, and so the soap was in the shower so to speak. Or shall I say, I was half wrong in arguing when it might just disprove everything I just had thought. I may get out, we´ll see.
In that article (title; Do We understand? — Nazca lines, here at Medium) I made a point about how the Aztec and Nazca form a period — so really, that is not a big contradiction. Or almost, since the “egg” of the Nazca ends at the same time as the big egg of the bigger period (end of S. American “bronze-age”/ coming of the Portugese). The controversy lies in the culture, and the myths. This has no supporting proof. This is where I am vulnerable to probing. But I say that is it. I am up against myself, as it were. I am like Narkissos, pruning my own fallacies. Or was I? If this South-American “egg” exists, why am I continually talking of a non-existant Bronze Age — am I trying to have my cake… well the question now becomes this one; what is an egg? The answer is my inspiration comes from Marshall McLuhan (the guy with; A MESSAGE, if you remember?Yes, that fellow). To him “media” are variable, and long-winded things. Did I put a soap in the shower? You did, didn´t you? Just avoiding the question, right? Shit. How do I get out of this one? The clue lies in Flipper, you know Flipper? Sometimes out of the water, sometimes in it! Oh, allow me to deflect your probing into symbolic space; finance is representing reality, it is a “copy” or mirror of the real. Just you wait, I will get out of this hole I just dug myself into… Here´s your soap.
The land of the Bible was plagued by tintillations of a monetary kind, I assume. No one doubts it, but emphasis is often elsewhere. We are in a crisis-economy right now, and much to the surprise of managers planning for 6 months will not work when the SHTF. When the snow-flakes in Hell catch fire, I´ll be on the wire…
BIG PARTY— the pizza that went down with root-beers
Biology is bigger than 1000 BC. As you know DNA is the title of this piece. The reason is the Bronze Age story is at stake here only to be replaced by a bigger question(biologically DNA of humans, and is just how we are positioned in relation to other species). History takes on another shape once serious natural science is aimed at it, economic ideas tend to fall away. Probing humans with natural light is a shocker! Eggs matter to me, and to chicken, and to birds of course. But many jumbles are brambles. History informed by biology and economy is not schizophrenia I hope, and here is why. For one, both have periods. Taking in various pieces is sometimes a problem, the problem of jumbles. But this type of jumbled approach argues in terms of generalities, and as such it is stooping to simplification. And the question of discussing periods is, as I said still rather mildly debated. All agree on them, but not always “on” them. As I said not a controversy. Sure, the Bronze Age matters, but science has a more fluid idea about periods these days. None really argues for it at this point, atleast not strongly. Periods are memory-aides only. Jumbles can be a real draw-back. Sytematic systems theory is doomed to failure though. The simple is beautiful despite its naivité and it satisfies a kind of “truth” in all of our perceptions. I am no scientist, I am the kind of historian who questions “Man” - especially rational MAN. Sometimes jumbles are very revealing of history. Like when Aemilius Paulus looted all of Greece, or when Caesar looted all of Gaul, or when the Swedish king looted all of Germany. Are these not financial “calamities”? Going back to how the Bronze Age may have been squandered quite litterally, the clues may be in front of our eyes. Finance, and liabilities, or value-papers as they are often called, vary in different risk scenarios, so that risk being positive at one point becomes “swindle” in a down-turn. Oil is in a glut right now (spring 2017), think about merchants in those older societies, hoarding commodities — think trade wars.
Here is the first crucial step of my theory for whatever it is worth; Seen as part of a culmination the so-called bronze age is merely the end of a big party. What I am saying in so many words is that (the Broze Age), it is not a culture of its own (not really a controversy to anyone). It is more a terminus. So the narrow focus of the Bronze era as something unique is aborted. Now, on this even grander timescale the Bronze Age, looks familiar to prediction of doom, and the world has plenty “destruction myths” to toy with - although inherently less popular in the popular mind, they are there to haunt us all the same. But are we forgetting finance? Remember the Sumerians did it-and every once and a while went bust right? Was it every seven yrs? Who knows? Finance? Commodities?
How the beers were all drunk in the end — digital tell-tales (clay tablets)
The tower of Babel is re-arranged and takes on other qualities. Relocation to Babylonia, but in a kind of afterthought of the tower falling in the earlier tale we all know, was provoked by sin (ostensibly a tale about money-lending). More importantly, Noah and the primordial waters coming back, I believe the Gilgamesh (with recent finds of clay tablet of uncertain date Late or Early Akkadic?) hints at soil erosion through forest over-use(?). So we used up the wood, fine. Has been proven in Ain Ghazal as well (note; much older, circa 12.000 BC). At this site diameters of tree-beams for houses get smaller over a thousand-year period. In Europe we can follow this in real-time; the luck of France turned when the last trees we gone (this had never happened), Poland (in actual fact Lithuania) was now to provide that timber, these sources were finished at the end of the 18th century, and now Sweden started sending timber, mostly for timber and beams for mining. We can thank Simon Schama for this fantastic analysis. The point being that these thermodynamic surges, in theory atleast would create shadows in, or surges of fragility. As historians of natural history all we now have to do is “fill” up the interstices, so we can write a new history, the decrease and increase of Western energy is a working title perhaps. My guess is Plato was right, the Greek had scraped bare Greece from all its trees-only Alexander was successful in that his lances were from smaller dimensions (typical of young trees who have grown together quickly)-now these are conjectures, but oh so very possibly likely.
Soil-erosion is a kind of biological “money-lending” operation. What is a destruction myth? It talks of the end as a kind of “copy” of the start, a visually familiar sight in nature, on that count alone a resonable idea as well. Trade in precious objects brought down the Myceneans we are told, as elites depended on working trade-routes. What goes up must come down, Humpety-Dumpety sat on the wall, and etc. So what I think happened (and there is really no big controversy here) is trade wars erupted, the kind which would have needed regulations and rules of competition. Deregulation in this case. That solution would be impossible at any rate, but there were too many languages. So, Babel again! Talk about being in the wrong century, the argument however is obvious, the question to us is a different one. Coordination is fragile — systems however are robust. So who is to blame here? Can we blame ourselves? In ecology this idea is common. Man is to blame, a kind of biblical logic.
Then if we are facing financial troubles now, by deferral the Bronze Age must have done so too; the missing pieces are these, we have not gone bust yet, and we cannot prove that the Bronze Age was (a Stone Age grand finale). So how do we detect finances and trade? But hey, you know where all of this is going? Energy plays a role in it too. But atleast in terms of one of the main elements, I can only see, a financial calamity end-game. What I am saying is there will never be a tangible record of it, apart from possibly archaeological fluke, or the bible, or ice-cores (which never did indicate financial realities, in fact clay-tablets are better helpers). Many of these cultures where not using coins. That would erase financial explanations. But I´ll stick with it. If so, we can compare at this elevated level, the time 1000 BC to 2000 AD to the period 10.000 BC to 1000 BC. The two may have a similar general outlook, it might be a kind of peak of complexity we are facing, same as the five main civs in the Mediterranean faced, or rather failed to face; Egypt, Hettites, Myceneans, Assyrians (all went the way of the Dodo). But we must try avoiding a cataclysm. (In a piece here at Medium, I write how we may be entering a new Enlightenment, a dodgy period to put it mildly).
That makes four, so what about the fifth? We are starting to see how there was such fifth culture (remember most of Europe used stone at this time), and they were named the Luwians. I assure you this is hard science, and I might add recent discoveries, but this is not the place. The Luwians one now have come to understand, was the fifth culture to go belly-up in this melt-up tsunami, or financial hellstorm, and Iron was not its cause. Money as the Bible points out, was. Peak fragility if you will.
The sleeping beauty
The Bronze Age, which we are starting to understand, was just that, a cul-de-sac. Yes, and most certainly no, there is always that if. McLuhan is the go-to place to inform us on this issue, you see the medium is the message. Mashall McLuhan takes his cue from the 1450 Guthenberg invention of the printer´s press. This is just the facts, as in McLuhans case, his facts of the history of science. I am still arguing over the Nazca with myself, and McLuhan can possibly give a helping hand. Now McLuhan is all about positive change, but he starts with disruption, as in the case of his book on printing and Guthenberg (cf. The Guthenberg galaxy 1962). Which is how McLuhan can be said to be an inspiration to Kuhn. We need others to foment so to speak, the study of abruption of a trend in history (and save my soul from damnation over those Nazca). One of them is the Greek philosopher Plato, who did say that democracy always leads to tyranny, this is a kind of kuhnian angle. History careening towards a full stop. What Plato misses (or rather what we miss) is that democracy leads to dictatorship on queue beacause of egotism (democracy) — let´s face it; if this is the case, we are in for a trial as we speak! That egoism is rampant is developed in the works of documentary film maker Adam Curtis (cf. /HyperNormalisation, BBC). There is a conundrum here and it is staring us in the face; empiricism is narrow-sighted, yet precise. Neolithic man was less empiricist, and so less narrow-sighted. Neolithic man however was slower, and modern man was quicker. This seems to be part of the human story, to shift frequencies over time (up and down). At this juncture in time we seem to have a fight over frequencies-but we call it climate-wars.
Bronze-cups — how the drinking was superceeded
The Iron Age was set in stone so to speak when all that was Mediterranean culture fell over, curled up, and died at the end of the Bronze Age. The Greeks built their Parthenon after that date. Going back to the anti-fragile (e.g. see You are crazy I know, on Medium) all of history is a process — and it might just be that some grand schemes are at work here, and that we might see them through the haze. Or rather that we aught to (Hegel´s problem), depending on how you see things. Hegel (a philospher) was fascinated by Napoleon, and how history somehow repeats. Is the startings of the Iron age the real new event here? It is the start off of a commodites based system, I guess. So the Bronze Age was gifts and the Iron Age was commodities (ship-wrecks mostly disprove this simplification of mine, but is not necessarily totally undoing my theory). The monetary side to these issues are intricately inter-woven.
The commodities mysteries — liquidities
Cans was part and parcel of the industrial revolution. The time before the Great War was, gothic, and full of dead babies in glass jars, reptilian monsters, horrifying urban ripper murderers, and Taylorian industries. It is only so, that coal came in to comfort our misery, oil (4 times more btu) also entered our public rostrum to speak, to speak the language of steely comfort and in doing so, scaled that up insanely, and so “investment” into industry which thereby heeds the nightmares (female horses that are black! and have crazy veiled eyes! Buh!) and chases them away. Well said Nostradamus, well said… And so the feeling of threat ebbed. Think about it, coal and steam was great, oil was four times as “great” so to speak. At this time (1920s) Spengler in a vastly popular book, feared that technologies could be snatched from our grasp by savage and nasty foreigners of different skin-colour than our own, and be used on us instead. How nasty! The Venitians had been stealing arab tech for ages ( to start off the renaissance) and we must now admit it, but to Spengler it “was” important. Really! The final rip-off perhaps of angst litterature, but I cannot say he doesn´t strike a chord with me. Doom-sayers attract. As I said, contemporaries filled their vacant lives with his dreadful fantasy. Funnily contemporaries of H.G. Wells blamed him of trying to be scientific, he was said to lack litterature´s foibles and style, and boy were they right! This was perhaps the first, science as thrill-literature! If you are like me, you too hate beautiful endings. Yes, this is a chilling tale. If fossil goes away, can perhaps horror be stored in old cans again? Here goes… bronze shoes, bronze hats? The commodity is a kind of currency, but when? Are they inter-changeable? If so was this what happened as the Bronze Age faltered?
The world tree — Odin hacked out the moon from the falling sky
What is the end of the Bronze age? It is the end of that very looong period, and a start of a new one. If so it may have implications for us, you see we seem to be entering a similar superchange. The period starts with the Iron age circa 1000 BCE, and was relatively stable — seen this way the theory of civilisation takes on an ecological shape that robes global history — and yes it is totalising(my theory that is), but oh! Who said we do not need discussions about this? I say we need to do so, desperately even. Liquid, solid, gaseous, paper, digital — any and all, and quick! Pinch me, is this real? The idea that we can look into the past with any science should jog our conscious anyhow, just because a new science does this does not mean it is wrong, that would be to kill the messenger. And we need new ideas, the frying-pan is already hot, we are just waiting for the Hottentot. As in a(n) (global) ecological crisis awaits us, and unless history in the future will concern itself mostly with the history of the water-closet, we might want to start thinking about taking that hike on the Appallachian (cf. Bryson, A Walk in the Woods 1998). Bugbears are friendly creatures in the end.
I LOVE YOUR SICKNESSES, DUKE! (Piter de Vries, Mentat of the Harkonnen)
Our history seems to be aimed at having shorter and shorter run-ups towards change, the stable periods become shorter and shorter if you think about it. Then again, most people like to not do that... not at all.
But you came this far so stick with me. A funny thing with comfort — Technologies are extensions of human weakness (the idea of the extensions of man is McLuhan when he tries to be “smart”)
A bust is a bust after all — peak royal ass-hole, peak beard right? (work in progress)
Plato´s talk of Atlantis is likely his understanding that destruction of Santorini happened in 1600 BC, and that they had a Luwian culture (once again I am not a tin-foiler). Hey, nothing is that simple we all know that, but it is not usually expressed in this way. As in the very essence of why we got an Iron Age, was born because of matters of trade. Now don you mad-caps. Foil, roll-out!
DNA — the Paleolithic and beyond? (work in progress)
My main contention is that DNA has a fractal nature — and I want to use Humans to prove it. Humans are by the way, one of the most ghastly creatures this planet ever produced, much worse than crocs if you ask me.
We are mammals — you know! (we are a work in progress)
What I said about royal and ass, was correct in one sense; the BBC series by Adam Curtis about THE CENTURY OF THE SELF gives a negative press to elites, and Freud and ideologies in the years in and around 1935–1945. I agree with Curtis, but as expected I side with humbling ourselves rather than crumbeling ourselves. The self is strong, but it rewrites history in wrongful modes. The idea that Cloaca Maxima was built ad hoc is likely, it is built piece by piece and in essence is the biggest (atleast the humblest) works or brick-works of Roman culture. The Parthenon, likely was not planned to be not-straight, sorry I just don´t buy into it. Sounds great, not true though. Let us move on. So egos reign, and that is part of it too. McLuhan points to it, which is why he still has a say today (did that rhyme?). He says man is dumb.
Humans have only one quirk, and they share it with crocodiles, from that comes all of the rest — we are working with time, no other species apart from some (like the crocodile) does so. Right or wrong? At some point about one million years ago, humans started living longer — this is the trait we share with the croc. Think about it, what does a croc do? It sits and waits, sitting at the dock of the bay, wasting time — not only can it clothe and feed itself this way, it has been doing so since time immemorial, like sharks, and the rather less-known horseshoe crab and so on, those are some of our other living fossils. The idea of just waiting strikes one as odd. Croc on it. Fractals work with time in the sense that all periods of time are built up of previous periods — mumbo jumbo — no I am afraid it is not.
This is how it works. Men compress time (remember Momo and the time thieves, a book by Michael Ende?). So man became man and at the same time self-aware man, or cybernetic man if you will. Sorry, but how is that cocodile-friendly? At about a million yrs ago we started living longer, and simultaneously having grand-parents (logic result, they are simultaneous), that to me is a brave act of killing two oxen in one fell swoop. So to one side parents were free from child-rearing, and traditions or what we call culture was possible — both at the same exact time. Boy, great, but did we know what kind of genie we just let out? So what has living longer got to do with it? Most likely at the price of earlier birth, and vulnerability as young (typical trait of humans). People have argued modern life has prolonged our childhood, and it rings true. Coal and oil may even have over-developed man so to speak… Herbert Spencer thought that thought came from civilisation, wrong, sorry wrong tree…
The scale here is non-linear that is all there is to it — it doesn´t come in smooth equal units — it is crunchy. We would have loved for it not to be, sorry wrong, just all wrong. Now I begin to see how a ptolemaic epi-cycle may save my theory (same I referred to earlierly, Nazca theory of Aztec/Nazca period in history). Crunchy is both un-linear, and McLuhan-like (whoa! why did I start talking of the Nazca again, they are positively beheading me!). Can I have that soap back? The one in the shower.
The Stone Age was a stable period in human existence, but that all changes with the mesolithic, and the neolithic, and the Bronze Age — which properly should be called, the late neolithic. To my mind the Bronze Age is just the Stone Age going up in smoke — bluntly put, it is the Stone Age on steroids. I am thinking in terms of long periods that form “eggs”(see next paragraph). The Iron Age is wastly different, we focus on the materials being used, a fallacy at best. There is no cultural dislocation bigger than this one in so-called Western (a better word might be Westasian) societies. We should see it as a completely new start, a new egg. When it comes to Iron, we go into a whole new way of organising things. Ex oriente…lux.
In my feature Tango-the devils music (my experimental piece You are crazy I know, it is I that is crazy not you, but in a sense I am talking of men as being irrational, and the whole fuzzy endeavour, which by all means you needn´t read to get this, come in three parts. At the end of which I conclude; this makes the period roughly 1500 to 2017 come in two similar egg-like shapes, ours so to speak 1900 until 2000, and 1500 until 1600, what is striking is that the inter-period has its “centre” in 1750. Then you have to think magically in terms of mirrors, egg heading egg. The end of our age is the same as the end of the middle-ages so we might expect a new mediaeval age? No not really. But just maybe an age a tad bit middle-aged, and angstier or ..) my concern is that we are dancing with technology, and that we do not see what is unfolding. In this one, my focus is more on the Bronze age. I may be wrong, but I am looking for patterns.
Spencer Wells (geneticist) — a man on a mission (as shown on PBS)
Here comes Johnny!
McLuhan is critical of man. He is obsessive about commercials in his masterpiece — Understanding Media — the extensions of man. But the paradox of bill-boards is what I would want to denominate Rousseau´s problem instead (it fills up pages and pages in McLuhans book). But we now know (from the above) that logic depends on frequencies, yeah sorry just follows…
So all of a sudden man decompresses, and compresses and this is how he is like the croc on his rock. Hmm. Allow me to elaborate. The one explains the other in that we now have a situation in which machines are supposed to have the planet saved (or was it shaved?)— did anybody just sneeze? Lovejoy says, lovejoy says… philosophy should be entertainment.
— -;)-(+/two dead swans in black chest lay to rest
There is also a sense in which Queneau (the symbolist) can help us get off this bus-through symbolic logic. Ticket? What do you mean wrong bus, you get on you pay ok?? The radio plays Beach Boys GOD KNOWS WHERE I´D BE WITHOUT YOU. Did you hear what I said? So, that is your ticket? Jardins de Luxembourg, that´s two stops, have the ticket? Do you want me to make it simple for you, you go off here, ok? You can walk, it´s just ten minutes! You get off now, ok.
But there are crocodiles on the side-walk once you get off. They look like you in that they live long lives, but thermodynamically speaking we slowly fade, we go up then down. Two of them just spotted you as you hold on to a lamp-post. Traffic, no escape. They cooperate, and surround you, you are cornered. You start climbing. You are surprised at your own determination and skill. You get to the top, but it doesn´t scare you, you know that what is below is so much worse.
Queneau, Rousseau and McLuhan stand on the balcony, they ignore you presently. You call out to them, hey do you have a rope? Queneau talks loudly; we will put on our crocodile-shoes and come down to talk, ok? As for humans we have improved by symbolism, exchange of resources between members of the group and by doing that, smoothing out that same curve, abolishing it in the same way the croc did. By using time, but that´s ridiculous, what´s your angle? There are now three men and three crocs standing on the side-walk, peering up at you. Are you ok? Carefully you climb down to street-level, all exhausted. Beyond yourself you sit down against the post.
But you are all naked! I mean what happened to the crocodiles? And where are your shoes? Who took your shoes? You start to cry-big crocodile-tears. They put you in a sack and carry you off to a cozy café, and you have beers and fried frogs in the sun. Queneau says you should be more careful, you know there are crocodiles in this city! McLuhan leaves in scorn after having had only half of his frog-sandwich, bidding you farewell. A bit embarrassed you look as two complete foreigners look at you, trying to speak in English.
Monsieur Queneau akzplained tu mee; We have the eminent professeur Louvain here, and we will be of help I assure you!
My frustration was complete, as two waitors standing by my side, one with a bath-robe the other with a towel, directed me to a round dinner-table. After having respectfully removed my shirt by cutting it with scissors, the removed it and put me in a robe. But they brought the towel with them. The table was big, to the left two crocodiles sat paralysed, waiting, they both wore French ties. Rousseau and McLuhan sat to the other side showering themselves with news-paper clippings. Laughing, they were a strong opposition, as the crocodiles were the only ones who seemed to be willing to come to my aid. The crocodiles however said nothing, but their eyes revealed so much more, they told me of their home-land in Egypt and how the king there had expelled them, in what they said was a kind of damnatio memoria — I explained to them how beards were “imported” to Rome through the Greek, and how in Aurelius we see a post-modernist. They looked at each other and grinned, and believe me, they were dead serious-one of the presented me to some cream by ever so carefully pushing and nudging a bowl of cream towards me. His eyes told me he undertstood how I could impossibly be talking of the false-beards of Monthy´s Life of Brian, that in a sense would have been insane. The waitors removed all clippings assidously, both in tea-cups and on the white cloth on the table, and McLuhan and Rousseau stopped fooling around. Rousseau adressed me; Dear sir, how are you?
I thought; this is the lion-pit of cybernetics, the trounce of the feathered serpent once you have entered the pit, this is the crocodile party! Hallowed vagueness, oh hallowed vagueness! We are waiting our sun, the tray of the sky! Waiting, waiting, waiting for the sun. The doors were wide awoke.
My hands were a bit sullied, and torn. The waitors were close by attending to all of our earthly needs, the crocs were enjoying salmon-sandwiches and some genèvre.
Fine thanx! I wiped my lips with a linnen kerchief. I bet it is language that is mans keeper, and that some cyberneticists are accelerated and others are not. You see all thinkers are in fact cyberneticists, the test is if you can accelerate them, if you can, they are not media compatible.
He smiled, and said; where is Makluán?
An austronaut meets God
Fuglesang the poet of powder, and the democratic cave
Language, is the key. As I read McLuhan the first several times, I eventually could see how most of his tenets are all revealed “secretly” or by slight of hand in the first thirty pages or so — the rest is just a comment on it (compare with Whitehead´s conjecture of what Philosophy is, not Lovejoy´s)
Any mythic tale has a core recurring, the narrative lacks in a sense. Such “songs” of deep time must be fractal in nature, the rendering of Homer, killed the fractality of the “tradition”. Ok, I regret saying that, but language is the key to Man. And sure, milk is the honey of dreams, and bicycles are like the moon, and TWINS are part of the thinking of deep culture in authentic and traditional societies. Which may be why Geertz is on about “thick” thing all the time. And in fact McLuhan points to books as the Nemesis of tradition, yes you heard me right!!! The symbolist movement was not a self-contained bubble, the cues are from ancient Africa, as in the Dogon and “symbols” on earthenware — that was the real source of symbolism, which is also why POWER hated it, same as POWER always hated humour (McLuhanland we might call it, how come M and Weber share this interest, and with a fervour too?). Yes I am running away, and you cannot follow, I know, but allow me to rephrase then.
Siebenschwann is a cyberneticist, he is not a fractalist. Luhmann is an in-between, a kind of half-breed
Cantor in mathematics, should have listened to the planetary ecologist Kynes, for it might just have saved his soul. Kynes comes out, jumps out even, as a kind of apostle from the pages of Frank Herbert´s opus.
Yes I know it was not helpful, but you see Fuglesang is Sweden´s Armstrong, and on one occasion he partook of a TV-show. In this show he made it clear how some people of the New Age type, are deluding themselves. Homeopathy has some plant which they say is sedative, and our scientist-researcher and knight of truth (Fuglesang) set out to show for it all (so to speak). He took a jar of tablets, showed it to the audience, and his surrounding guests, then started gobbeling pills. See, I can eat any amout of these! The homeopaths started arguing with him, they should not of, however. The result was in a moment or two in plain sight, Fuglesong got drunk. Now, why did he get drunk? Cybernetics may hold a key. The same key ancient man got hold of as he started developing language in fact. That is an old song.
To be contd.