Monday, 21 June 2010

Story 5
Embryogenesis and The South East Pole

I want to talk to you about motivation techniques. Perhaps you think such techniques imply only a desire to change one’s state? What we could call ‘kinaesthetic internal representations’, that we wish though these representations to engender more interesting sensory experiences? But this is not what I am going to address here. We will start by thinking about the area of south London known as ‘The Cut’.

The Cut may be instrumental in constructing for us a form of counter-actualization, an ontological cut. Let The Cut become a ‘motionless, timeless organizing centre called a phase singularity….a place where an otherwise pervasive rhythm fades into ambiguity – like the South Pole where the 24 hour time zones converge and the sun merely circles along the horizon’ (Deleuze in Delanda, 2002). Let The Cut become the South East Pole, an N dimensional state space. As we walk through The Cut together in this enhanced geometrical state let us try to identify truly recurrent topological features and long term behaviours.

I urge you to keep returning here over the next year or so. This exercise will only work in longitudinal conditions. What we are looking for are recurrent singularities, candidates to replace essences, recurrent sequences, such as the same conversation heard at the same place and time, day in day out. Person A recurrently crossing the same road at the same location X. Perhaps I may quote from Delanda at length once again with an apposite metaphor - that of a fertilised egg ‘prior to unfolding into a fully developed organism with differential tissues and organs (a process known as embryogenesis.) While in essentialist interpretations of embryogenesis tissues and organs are supposed to be already given in the egg (preformed as it were, and hence having a clear and distinct nature) most biologists today have given up preformism and accepted the idea that differential structures emerge progressively as the egg develops. The egg is not of course an undifferentiated mass: it possesses an obscure yet distinct structure defined by zones of biochemical concentration and by polarities established by the asymmetrical position of the yolk (or nucleus). But even though it does possess the necessary biochemical materials and genetic information, these materials and information do not contain a clear and distinct blueprint of the final organisation’ (Delanda, 2002).
Such laws of process must be partially observable here if we make the requisite level of ontological commitment. Begin now, continue as you start. Remember what we are calculating here, (as we were in story two) are degrees of freedom.

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