How is such an entity which functions as the appearance of nothing to itself possible?


“one could say that a system can see only what it can see. It cannot see what it cannot. Moreover, it cannot see that it cannot see this. For the system this is something concealed ‘behind’ the horizon that, for it, has no ‘behind.’…

…Reality is what one does not perceive when one perceives it.” – Luhmann, Ecological Communication

Each substance of a grief hath twenty shadows,
Which shows like grief itself, but is not so;
For sorrow’s eye, glazed with blinding tears,
Divides one thing entire to many objects;
Like perspectives, which rightly gazed upon
Show nothing but confusion, eyed awry
Distinguish form: so your sweet majesty,
Looking awry upon your lord’s departure,
Find shapes of grief, more than himself, to wail;
Which, look’d on as it is, is nought but shadows
Of what it is not.

Richard II, Shakespeare

…the problem with subjectless objects is not that they are too objective, neglecting the role of subject, but that what they describe as subjectless world of objects is too subjective, already within an unproblematized transcendental horizon. We do not reach the In-itself by way of tearing away subjective appearances and trying to isolate “objective reality” as it is “out there,” independently of the subject; the In-itself inscribes itself precisely into the subjective excess, gap, inconsistency that opens up a hole in reality.”



The Encounter live stream

political animal reading group

live stream tonight at 7.30

“In 1969 Loren McIntyre, a National Geographic photographer, found himself lost among the people of the remote Javari Valley in Brazil. It was an encounter that was to change his life, bringing the limits of human consciousness into startling focus.

Simon McBurney traces McIntyre’s journey into the depths of the Amazon rainforest, incorporating innovative technology into his solo performance to build a shifting world of sound.”

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Of a symbol (usually in mythology or religion): signifying only itself, as opposed to representing or standing for something else; existing to draw attention to its own existence; (also) of or relating to this kind of symbolism.

  • Chiefly associated with Coleridge and the German philosopher Friedrich Schelling (1775–1854).

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sketch for UURGA(irregular loop), HS 2014