Monthly Archives: April 2011

Geology, Paleontology and Faeces

“The study of coprolites turned into something of a craze. Suddenly an intriguing new perspective of previously misidentified fossil objects had opened up. Those interested in chemistry published analyses of the composition of coprolites; among them were Daubeny, Prout, and … Continue reading

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Sincerely Yours

20th-century critics prior to Susan Sontag varied in crucial ways with respect to their IDEAS, nevertheless they tended to share a common SENSIBILITY. According to Sontag, a sensibility is something other than an idea. An idea provides a model or … Continue reading

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Landscape and The Architecture of Perception

Below is a theoretical statement which, from Deleuze’s perspective, would be almost exactly analogous to Freud’s reductive reading of the Wolf-man. Though unlike Freud, it is willing to acknowledge, at least momentarily, the apparent multiplicity of nature; having made this … Continue reading

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Asyntactical Anti-Architecture ~ Building not as Organism but rather Cloud

Friedrich Wilhelm founded this museum for the study of antique objects of all kinds and the fine arts “In a confidential memo to Cabinet Adviser von Albrecht, a member of the museum commission, Alexander von Humboldt wrote that the philology … Continue reading

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“Meet Your New Teacher, Professor Scantron 888P+!”

“continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” – Philippians 2:12 I don’t believe the university breeds enough graphomaniacs, or scribomaniacs. Writing used to be considered the most fundamental component of any education. These days it’s viewed as … Continue reading

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Beyond Romanticism: Science as Mark-Making and Infinite Revision

If replication and authorship are matters of negotiation, then there is no event which corresponds to an automatic or instant discovery. A complex enterprise, accessible to historical and sociological understanding, generates objects which are then labeled as discoveries. Subsequently, the … Continue reading

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Kantian Teleology: “Purposiveness without a Purpose”

Impossible not to think of the concept of the Bildungstrieb, and development through dynamic reversals of polarity, while watching Noumenon Mobilus, by Alwin Nikolai. NOUMENON, plural Noumena: In the philosophy of Immanuel Kant, the thing-in-itself (das Ding an sich) as … Continue reading

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