Underlinings (#17)

Nicola Masciandaro on ‘Image Speed Intelligence’:

How might art’s level of attunement to this speed influence the inhuman future of the image? There is a story about the 18th-century Sufi poet Bulleh Shah which provides a fitting initial reference point for musing over these questions. It concerns the power of the line, perhaps the most pervasive type of image and that which best demonstrates the subtle, neither-there-nor-not-there being of image in general. “[A]s a child he was very backward. By the time the other children had mastered the Arabic alphabet, he hadn’t learned the first letter. His parents took him away from school and left him to himself. He ran away to the desert or jungle . . . and spent his whole time in trying to understand the meaning of this single letter ‘a’ which also stands for the number ‘one’. After twenty-five years he returned to his childhood school and took his place in the class he had left. The same teacher, an old man now, asked him what he wanted. He said he had come for his second lesson. To humour this madman the teacher asked him to write his first lesson on the blackboard. He did so; and the whole wall split in two.”

Underlinings (#16)

PKD to Julian Jaynes:

Another curious aspect was its memory, to which I had access during the intial three or four days when it originally overwhelmed my left hemisphere. It remembered events between roughly three and two thousand years ago — from the high point of Crete to the time of St. Paul — and then it literally had no memories; there was a two thousand year gap, right up to World War One. It was as if it had been asleep, away or dead for those two thousand years. It readily remembered the Egyptian aspects of Crete — I had in hypnogogic states incredible visions of Greece and Rome, but after that — nothing, until about 1916. This evidently was why it initially addressed me in Greek; it was using the language it was accustomed to use in addressing humans.

Dick later thanks Jaynes for his “superb book [which] has now made it possible for me to discuss my 3-1974 experiences openly, without being merely called schizophrenic…”

(Sub-extracted from the longer extract here.)

Qabbalistic Roget

The hyper-prime Main Sequence with numerological associations via (the orginal) Roget’s Thesaurus:

001: Existence
002: Nonexistence
003: Substantiality
005: Intrinsicality
011: Consanguinity
031: Greatness
127: Youth
709: Co-operation

(Yes, rigorous method demands extreme skepticism about numerological bonds, even when systematically explicated by a master.)

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