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Semiotica Agriensis 2009

September 3, 2009

With almost 100% certainty, I’ll be at the seventh Semiotica Agriensis in Eger, Hungary. My topic tackles psychoanalysis, schizophrenia and Chuck Palahniuk’s Haunted and the (rather-exploited story of) Fight Club, under the title of The elusive logic of Haunted and Fight Club: A Lacanian journey into the semiotics of Chuck Palahniuk’s fiction.

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When in Fight Club, Jack realizes Tyler, being his “other”and schizophrenic self, this actualization takes place from an external position. It is an openly lacanian moment: we define ourselves from an external agency (i.e Big Other). Tyler ex-sists, being the embodiment of Jack’s repressed (and most-inner) desires. This repression requires that external (id-)entity (mind you that this play with the words is inevitable: what we repress dwells in our id-s) re-defines the subject, hence the elusive logic.

The concept of elusion develop

ed by the Scottish psychiatrist, R. D. Laing talks about an external, imagined self- position from which the subject can imagine his original self back.

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Daniel Quinn the sinthomatic subject per se

June 1, 2009

As I was looking for some ending thoughts for my seminar paper, I stumbled upon a riveting analysis of le sinthome – my latest and absorbing issue – here. paramodern studies claims – referring to Paul Verhaeghe and Frederic Declercq that the subject is called Lacanian Neosubject if he:

“tries to come and go with the Real of the jouissance

dictated by its own drive, without falling back into the previous trap of stuffing it full of signification”

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This helped establish a point in my discussion of the sinthomatic subject in the comic adaptation of Paul Auster’s “City of Glass”, apoint where further inquires can be made. Daniel Quinn, at least I believe, is the Lacanian Neosubject as he subordinates himself with his on his sinthome (i.e writing), stemmed from a trauma and unconsciously identifies himself with detective Paul Auster. The essay, entitled “Empty texts: The Lacanian (con-) textualization of the a-chiasmatic logic of the sinthomatic subject in the comic book adaptation of Paul Auster’s „City of Glass”(1994). This paper dealsi with the one-way misidentification.

Transhumanism or Posthumanism?

March 1, 2009

Philip K. Dick – as we are advancing in time – is more likely to be seen as  a visionary, or someone with great imagination. A recent reading of mine Dr. Bloodmoney includes the character of Hoppy Harrington, who suffers from focomelia, a congenital disorder affecting the limbs. Now the story revolves around an atomic catastrophe, which divides the book into a pre- and a postatomic part. In the second part of the book Hoppy manages to boost his physical abilities by incorporating mechnical devices into his biological body, which results in a transhuman body. The transhuman body is everything that can enhance your natural (God-given?) abilities.

Transhumanism, as a concept, does exist in contemporary science oand philosophy. The H+Magazine deals with this concept and the provide digital editions of their journals. An issue of their magazines can be downloaded by clicking on the mag cover.

Uncanny Encounter with Mankind on 14 October

October 14, 2008

In the past few days, I’ve encountered numerous articles on blogs and forums that announced an alien-coming today. As I’ve also heard there were many people awake waiting for the chance to witness the visitors. The name of the Aliens is Galactic Federation of Light , which we get to know from a seer (my humblest apologies, if the title is, even a bit, amateur).

But let’s contemplate a bit. These uncannily repetitive births of uttered news about us being visited must have functions. A function of evoking belief in wanna-believers, who don’t need the énoncé, who are perfectly satisfied with the énonciation (enunciation). These lacanian concepts, which Jacques-Alain Miller talks about mean the following: as defined by Zsolt Farkas, énonciation is the act of enunciation, while énoncé is the subject of enunciation. As Miller says in his writing, ‘Extimity’:

“Lacan studied to prove […] the presence of the subject of the enunciation does not need the presence of the énoncé

Although, he talks about a bomb scare, we can easily transfer this mechanism to the beforesaid scare as well. If all this is viewed from a rartional perspective how can we allege that the seer (apologies, if..etc.) succesfully master the message from the aliens? Of course I don’t want to get into the numbering of the  logical flaws it arises, still- as Miller concludes with the bomb scare (as a reply to a woman, who started to shout, saying the bomb can blow upany moment):

“Of course, but identifying with the bomb may not be the best way to get out of such a situation”

that is, even if we are to meet some kind of an alien-life form, we should not let ourselves be fooled with what we are not sure of. Or just ask questions: why do the aliens talk in English/to an English-speaking woman? Yet again, it is not simple to avoid warnings, moreover, if these are of uncanny nature. As Nicholas Royle puts it:

“Interestingly, it makes no difference here whetherwe are talking about something [uncanny] in a bookor something in the so-called outside world. The uncanny is not so much in the text we are reading: rather, it is like a foreign body within ourselves”

As a conclusion, my opinion is that being a foreign body within ourselves grants us no control over it, thus we cannot be sure the effect of such a craze it would make on someone (not to talk about when the guy WANTS to believe). Lastly, I’d like to interpret what the aliens warn us about:

“[they] come in LOVE to help us and our planet move to a new Higher Vibration of Love.”