File deleuze-guattari/deleuze-guattari.0705, message 2


Date: Thu, 3 May 2007 11:18:23 -0400
To: deleuze-guattari-AT-lists.driftline.org
Subject: Re: [D-G] desire - conatus - lacan - spinoza - deleuze


Hi,

What I understand to be going on is that you are looking for some
parallelism between lacan's version "obsessive choice" that cancel
each other (is it that one?) and something within what deleuze has
captured from spinoza.  Much of it seems to point towards that vista
of spinoza's "tripple illusion" (Ethics) that tries to describe a
scenario of how consciousness could arise from unconsciousness. that's
the vista hwenk drove through.

ch.2 of "...practical philosophy" gets into this question.
essentially, what is "unknown" to thought, yet what also "drives"
thought, is an activity of potential, since consciousness can not be
assured, yet "being driven" surely can. he describes a world where
bodies are constantly entering into "new composition" with each other,
causing us sadness/joy as they do. As the "triple illusion" clarifies,
the experience of sadness/joy is an indication that one has become
emotionally aware of "becoming." but this is not influencing "conatus"
yet, it certainly has that potential once the triple illusion is
enacted. after finding some parallelism that is consciousness arises
from 1) inventing a finality which comes out of mistaking effects for
causes, 2) assuming freedom which comes out of pretending to have
power over those bodies, and 3) invoking a transcendental assumption,
ie god.

if you subscribe to neurological descriptions for "reason giving"
(there are lots of experiements to look at, notably current ones that
focus on economic choices) you will see a parallel here that shows
higher brain functions following behind the lower. "reasons given"
occur after the fact and are often even unrelated to "action taken".
The vista shows that what is expressed as consciousness is not the
actual driver, and when it is given as a "reason for" being driven,
such explanations are self-illusions, and it gets interesting once
these illusions are harnessed to drive further bodies of becoming.

I see here language suffering, that language which connects internal
emotional roles and  external social bodiy extentions. It is full of
falseness and confusion and gives rise to the rhetoric of reason.
-cb
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