The off-switch as the ground of the Unconscious

The off-switch as the ground of the Unconscious

In a report of recent neuroimaging techniques, the lead scientist said the following – “our findings suggest that unconsciousness may be the increase of inhibitory assemblies across the brain’s cortex” (See here).  The statement is taken to be supportive of a particular theory about consciousness put forward by Susan Greenfield, which may or may not be the case.  Greenfields hypothesis… Read more →

They will never give it away for free

We’re all pretty fucked…we must dream and demonstrate the new reality.

With new protests against the fees and cuts being made to Higher Education planned for this Wednesday on what’s being called ‘Day X’ (more information here) it’s necessary to avoid getting drowned in the new slave consensus.  The ‘cuts’, the ‘deficit’ and the whole new way in which economics is being organised are presented as obvious, necessary, inevitable.  They are… Read more →

Sorcery and the minoritarian

Sorcery and the minoritarian

There are few things which sorcerers share, indeed this may even be central to the very practice of sorcery itself. To this extent sorcery forms, almost par excellence, an example of the ‘minoritarian’. This concept, derived from Deleuze and Guattari, names a practice of deviation from a standard. It is distinguished from the merely minor, which is akin to a… Read more →

the two types of causation

the two types of causation

From the very beginnings of organised philosophical thought there has been a keen awareness of the problem of causality. In its most basic form this problem arises whenever the concept of freedom is considered. To be free is to be uncaused. This basic axiom has considerable implications. If we agree that ‘to be free is to be uncaused’ then it… Read more →

My dying breath is a magician.

My dying breath is a magician.

My dying breath is a magician. This sits, written in chalk dust, on the board, bored bored bored board. Metaphor, all three elements from Aristotle, those elements it’s not supposed to have (supposedly), the tradition that’s opposed (opposedly) by Lakoff and Derrida, with metaphor as domain translations or catechresis as metaphoric literality. The moment that is unexplainable is the new…. Read more →

The space of blogging and the demands of reason - on arguments to be avoided.

The space of blogging and the demands of reason – on arguments to be avoided.

The space of blogging is a particular instance of the space of writing and the space of philosophical blogging is itself a particular instance of the space of writing that intersects with a more general ‘space of reasons’. This last is the name given by Wilfrid Sellars to the particular realm of justificatory discourse, although it is sometimes taken to… Read more →

Objects and all that...

Objects and all that…

The blog here has been a little quiet as I’ve become more and more immersed in my research. I took a years unpaid sabbatical from the University of Greenwich where I work as a part-time philosophy lecturer in order to work on a book tentatively titled ‘Necessary Matter’. Things are progressing with that project and hopefully there will be some… Read more →

Branding thought

Branding thought

A new speculative realist  journal is about to begin and has issued a cfp, details over here.  The new journal seems to be only an online journal, although I’m not entirely sure about that.  No details of a print version are mentioned.  Unfortunately it’s not very imaginatively titled, simply called ‘Speculations’, although I suppose this is kind of a ‘it… Read more →

Leibniz, necessity, god

Leibniz, necessity, god

Philosophers no longer talk about God and if they do nobody listens. At the time of Leibniz and the Enlightenment the reverse was the case – philosophers always talked about God and if they didn’t then nobody listened. This, no doubt, was a hangover from the impregnation of Christianity that occurred in the middle ages, during which time the bastard… Read more →

Diamond time, daimon time.

Diamond time, daimon time.

In the instant of diamond time duration incarnates and shatters itself. Many types of duration must exist, this seems to be true almost ‘by definition’. Duration is, after all, a multiplicity. Yet the time that fascinates, that holds attention and throws itself upon us, captures and eludes us, is predominantly the moments of diamond time, daimon time. We uncover these… Read more →