[D-G] 1949 Diss. on Spinoza and Vedanta

Paul adrian Bains pbains at xtra.co.nz
Mon Jan 12 10:53:18 PST 2009

Hi Harald,
I did translate Chaosmosis (with Julian Pefanis) but we did not write a foreword! Maybe there is a foreword to the Indiana Press co-publication - altho I don't think so?

The Palindrome essay by Mario Crocco, is in English - so you don't need Spanish.

>As the subject evolves in the brain as in the mouth the teeth,

'subjects' are most unlikely to 'evolve' in brains. Subjects (or rather psyches) certainly use brains and there is little chance of a psyche being 'in' a brain. To say (like d/g) that 'the mind is the brain' is jut silly provocation. Hardly an insightful 'conclusion' from 2 v. interesting thinkers.....

Ruyer had one great intuition - absolute survey. The idea that there is no distance btwn the observer and that of which she is aware. Consciousness is not a geometrical space and the observer does not gaze at the field of awareness - it is a kind of autovision without gaze. A bit like Whitehead's presentational immediacy.

Isabelle Stengers was not forced to switch 'from science to politics.' She chooses to write about many things... She recently published a lenthy book on A.N.Whitehead, Penser avec Whitehead. The most recent bk is Au temps des catastrophes: Resister a la barbarie qui vient (with Philippe Pignarre). There was also recently La Vierge et le Neutrino.

Ruyer learnt most of his biology as prisoner during the 2nd world war. 

Hasta la proxima,

From: hwenk <hwenk at web.de>
To: deleuze-guattari at lists.driftline.org
Sent: Tuesday, 13 January, 2009 4:46:01 AM
Subject: Re: [D-G] 1949 Diss. on Spinoza and Vedanta

Dear Mr. Bains,

There seems to be a whole discussion on biosemiotics/biolinguistics.

You know that subjectvation has become the theme of the late
Guattri, in his book "chasmose" this is strongly emphasized.
You or another Paul Bains  has written a forweord or an
essay in the english translation in 1995, absent in my french original
from 1992.

As the subject evolves in the brain as in the mouth the teeth,
somthing like heredity of esential or charcter by the DNA
is in Deleuze and Guattris subjectivationas ontological memory.
Here Ruyer is a specialist.
The subject is a strata in the brain.

Indeed, the dissolution of the drop of water in the ocean,
the personal atman in the unversal soul, is a constant struggle in Vedanta,
as the water stays the same - dissolution the I  or not?
Of course you are aquanited with thr fierce polemics between Vedantins, 
getting an I feeling as guarantee of identity as such
and the buddhist, negating a real I.

Mrs. Stengers has been forced to switch from natural science
to politics and economics, that is a bad "sign" concerning our times.
I hope this will not revive the old pre- or and first signifikant semiotics 
of despots ansd scapegoats.

greetings Harald Wenk
I am not able to read spanish, but the thme looks very interesting.

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