THE IMMACULATE PERCEPTION

1986, Spring, 14,908 words including glossary

Foreword

These bits, aphorisms, essays and verbal takes' are constellated around a larger theme, which is, roughly, the spectacle of consciousness embracing its own materiality.
It also deals with the reverse notion, consciousness being duplicated by technology, matter mimicking mind.
Science is holding up an increasingly clearer mirror to
ourselves and like vampires our reflections are gradually fading into pure difference, invisible against the background of total phenomenology.

The housefly is a miracle of miniaturization.
Nature is the divine technology.


INDEX

Human Consciousness
Mind as Standing Wave
Knots
The Immaculate Perception
Form
The Object
Intelligence
Hypercognition
Consciousness as User Friendly
Cross-Modal Transfer
Cross-Modal Apprehensility
The Ideity
The Recombinant Fountain of Memory
The Triune Brain
Anthropocephalon as Stepping Razor
Experiencing the Material Basis of Mind
Metaconsciousness
The Mirror
Insect Mimicry as a Thin Point
Edge Features
Visual Flooding
Paravisual Flooding--Border Zone Excitation
Intensifying Consciousness
Acquired Skills
The Ghost in the Machine--Proprioceptive Prosthetics Proprioceptive Learning
Interface Prosthetics
Tools
Vice-grips
Invention
Concrete Technical Reality
Aural Space as Equivalent to Quantum Reality
Discarnate Territoriality
Lateral Mobility
Food
Sensory By-Pass
Language
The Living Language
The House of the Living Language
The Adjective Gate
We are all Helen Kellers
Grammar as Swiss Army Knife
The Irrefutable Argument
The Word Store as Planar Thesaurus
Associational Areola as Grid Erectile
Border Zone Excitation
Homonyms as linguistic Necker Cubes
Writing
Metaphor Templates
Legal Language as the Ultimate Signifier
Dreams
Attention in Dreams
Resonating Paleocephalic Loops
Autonomic Dream Narratives
A Topography of Psyche in Recurrent Dreams
Narrative Shells in Recurrent Dreams
Inhibitory Consciousness
Inhibitory Consciousness & Dreams
Dreaming
Contralaterality in Dream and Verge of Sleep States
Dream Reification
Somatic Distortions at the Verge of Sleep
The Anthropic Canon--A Cosmology
Acquisitional Vulnerability
History & the Collective Mind; A Neurohormonal Community
Pets
Municipal Hormone Loops
Facial Features
Template Matching
Mutation as Ground of the Ideal
Terato-skòpos
Difference as Information
Predators
Religion
The World Soul
Entropy & Limerance
Love
Love
True Heart, Cruel Heart
Glossary





Human Consciousness

Consciousness is an illusion generated by the higher integrative function of our nervous system, the mind.
The sense of self, human consciousness, is like a virtual image; it exists solely by relation to an observer. Its singular disposition is determined by the observer hypothetically observing himself or herself in the act of self-observation. This is the double enclosure of self-consciousness.
Self-observation can exist only ideally, as a kind of privileged shadow-boxing. Existence in any mode other than the virtual would expose the inherent paradox on which the whole show is based. The proposed universality of this utterly private experience is qualified by a presumed congruence among observers who are members of the same species. Language is the armature of this congruence.
Consciousness is a set of footprints in the snow which stop & then retrace themselves.

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