The Series that is not One.
|As Deleuze points out in `The Meaning of Sense', the apparently singular and linear series is always a duality or more. This follows from Freges' paradox; if I look, as I must, for a words definition, then I am looking at a term or terms which themselves must be defined. This may seem a common-place, but it raises two more interesting points...||Deleuze:
20th C French Poststructural Philosopher.
Frege: 19th C German Mathematician and Philosopher of Mathematics.
|1. The first is that meaning is a
point in flux that is always circulating within and around the series without
ever belonging to the terms within it; that is meaning is independent
of (es)sense and therefore renders the series as horizontal, a plateau rather
than a definition.
2. The Series always has an `empty space' implied at it's head, a blank area that is open to re-articulation, a place where another term or definer can sit or a new and startling event may take place. In Deleuze this event can become the domain of `nonsense', which becomes not the absence of sense, but that which is outside sense and yet transformative, the area for a paradigm shift. This re-articulation is the beginning of his ideas that come to fruition in his later writings with Guatarri, resulting in the infamous `becoming other', and `rhizomatics', which we will come to in due course.
|The Arse-Fuck of Ideas.
The very important thing about this theory of series and meaning is that the apparently unitary series is always (at least) a twin; the terms and their definitions must present two series that oscillate together.
This implies that all concepts held in language have a relationship
to another concept, itself open to rearticulation and held in a horizontal
plane with the first; the singular is always multiple, and meaning always
circulates somewhere else. In this sense it is possible and enlightening
to provide two arbitrary series of terms and see what happens , how
one affects each other within a common `basin of attraction' or plateau;
a kind of conceptual Petrie dish, or, as Deleuze might say, `an arse fuck'.
will have to take in a bit of Chaos Theory along the way...
In the context of this essay, the definitions of `self' elide with
those of the `network', the new paradigm of techno-social culture.
We will consider both series, and their bastard children...
|- this is juicy...
Deleuze on Miscreation...
"What got me through that period was conceiving of the
history of philosophy as kind of arse-fuck, or, what amounts to the same
thing, an immaculate conception. I imagined myself approaching an author
from behind and giving him a child that would indeed be his but would
nonetheless be monstrous."
A plateau is a piece of land that is raised and flat?
|How can we `elide' a person and a system?
A brief Primer on Chaos...