File spoon-archives/avant-garde.archive/avant-garde_1998/avant-garde.9807, message 50


Date: Mon, 27 Jul 1998 08:46:31 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re: egoticism and objectification--to view or to observe that is the question (fwd)



On Thu, 23 Jul 1998, Ostrow/Kaneda wrote:

> egoticism and objectification--to view or to observe that is the question
> 
> I beg to differ what is essential to consciousness and its development is
> that it is able to in the Kantian sense aspire to be indifferent and
> therefore concieve of itself and in so doing revise itself -- seeing its
> self is neither to observe or analyse but merely to view -- ie objectify
> oneself as one might imagine that self to be and in so doing there is no
> self-criticsm or self-reflexivity but merely the delusional claim that the
> world does not measure up to ones subjective desires -- this is an ego
> defense -- it is the infantile source of the will to power

Consciousness is not about information but about its opposite: order, (or
"exformation.")  Consciousness is not a complex phenomenon; it is what
consciousness is _about_ that is complex.

A hundred years ago naturalists had to _learn_ to think of "species" as
variable -- seeing an assumed constant as a variable. That change in
perspective is now being applied to studies of consciousness. Witness the
scores of new titles on the subject... and of course, the inevitable,
snotty, exclusive, Art Conferences that corral a few concepts from
scientific literature and the "distinguished" academic theorists whose
illustrations of these ideas merely "purloin their patina... " (eg: 
Consciousness Reframed). 



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