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8th April 2014

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The connotations of ‘meshuge’

Meshuge' is a Hebrew word which has survived in Yiddish, and as such is universally understood in all Central and Eastern Europe: it means 'mad', but it carries the additional idea of an empty, melancholic, doltish and lunar folly.”

Primo Levi, The Reawakening

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6th April 2014

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In politics obedience and support are the same.
— Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem

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3rd April 2014


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3rd April 2014

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Brain versus Mind →

"Allow me to update Huxley. Nothing in our everyday experience gives us any reason to suppose that matter is not material, that it is made up of bizarre forms of energy that violate, very much like spirit, all of our normal notions of space, time, and causality. Yet when we subject matter to certain drastic conditions, like the Large Hadron Collider, near Geneva, Switzerland, then we can see that matter is not material at all. But—and this is the key—we can get to that point only through a great deal of physical violence, a violence so extreme and so precise that it cost billions of dollars and decades of preparation to inflict and then analyze it.

Because we’ve invested our energy, time, and money in particle physics, we are finding out all sorts of impossible things. But we will not invest those resources in the study of anomalous states of cognition and consciousness, and so we continue to work with the most banal models of mind—materialist and mechanistic ones. While it is true that some brain research has gone beyond assuming that “mind equals brain” and that the psyche works like, or is, a computer, we are still afraid of the likelihood that we are every bit as bizarre as the quantum world, and that we possess fantastic capacities that we have allowed ourselves to imagine only in science fiction, fantasy literature, and comic books.”

Coming tomorrow: Issue Eight of Spolia. For a little warm-up on our theme, read the excellent "Visions of the Impossible" by Jeffrey Kripal.

3rd April 2014


There exist many things considerably worse than death, and the S.S. saw to it that none of them was ever very far from their victims’ minds and imagination.
— Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem

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3rd April 2014

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The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers (1946)

The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers (1946)

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3rd April 2014

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Not only . . . but (also) . . . →


Don’t you mean:

Not only is this post quite long and detailed, but it also lacks images…


I mean exactly what I wrote. :-)

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1st April 2014

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Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.
— James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

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30th March 2014

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The Host (2006), directed by Bong Joon-ho

The Host (2006), directed by Bong Joon-ho

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30th March 2014

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Life is tragic simply because the earth turns

Life is tragic simply because the earth turns and the sun inexorably rises and sets, and one day, for each of us, the sun will go down for the last, last time. Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, which is the only fact we have. It seems to me that one ought to rejoice in the fact of death — ought to decide, indeed, to earn one’s death by confronting with passion the conundrum of life.

James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time (1963)

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