“…truth isn’t outside power, or lacking in power:… truth isn’t the reward of free spirits, the child of protracted solitude, nor the privilege of those who have succeeded in liberating themselves. Truth is a thing of this world: it is produced only by virtue of multiple forms of constraint. And it induces regular effects of power. Each society has its regime of truth, its ‘general politics’ of truth: that is, the types of discourse which it accepts and makes function as true; the mechanisms and instances which enable one to distinguish true and false statements, the means by which each is sanctioned; the techniques and procedures accorded value in the acquisition of truth; the status of those who are charged with saying what counts as true.” (Foucault 131 “Truth & Power” from Power/Knowledge 1980)


I found this quote to be strangely relevant in creating the “system” for memory particularly because I am trying (and I believe we in this class are often trying) to pull pieces of “truth” out of a multiplicity of regimes and find how they might intersect.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about sets of micro/macro, digital/analogue, analytic/wholistic  systems of looking & trying to make truth out of our experiences of the world.

Nodes & Alt Nodes Indexed!

My spreadsheets are finally complete! I will soon post an updated map, and a focused map of the Chemical-Cognitive section. There are roughly 30-40 pages of quotes in here with some notes on some of them. I just finished the indexing process of this batch so you should be seeing some other media and explication from me soon.



math vs god

“Growing out of the late medieval fascination with the metaphysical implications of light — light as divine luxe rather than perceived lumen — linear perspective came to symbolize a harmony between the mathematical regularities in optics and God’s will.” (Jay 6)
Martin Jay, “Scopic Regimes of Modernity” in Vision and Visuality (Seattle, WA: Bay Press, 1988), pp. 3 – 27.

The Poetics of Space

“To curl up belongs to the phenomenology of the verb to inhabit, and only those who have learned to do so can inhabit with intensity.” (Gaston Bachelard, xxxviii introduction to The Poetics of Space)

“To go on living human beings must also forget, and so they will always be touching up the image of the past.” Otto Poggeler