Neuroplasticity: Your Brain is Capable of Forming New Modes of Being and Dissociations

One of the most popular areas of research in psychology these days is neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity refers to the brain’s ability to restructure itself after training or practice. In many ways, neuroplasticity is what makes personal growth and development possible at its most basic level. With the understanding that change is indeed possible, you’re able to … Continue reading Neuroplasticity: Your Brain is Capable of Forming New Modes of Being and Dissociations

Melancholia and the Cartesian Subject

In his lecture On Melancholy and an essay entitled Melancholy and the Act, Slavoj Zizek claims that melancholia occurs not when we lose the object, but rather when the object is still here although we no longer desire it. According to Zizek, melancholia as Freud defines it in Mourning and Melancholia, shouldn’t be interpreted as if … Continue reading Melancholia and the Cartesian Subject

Cinematic Apparatus, Brain, and the Psyche as Fantasy Machines

Freud calls the content of the unconscious the latent dream-thoughts.[1] That which one sees in a dream is already a translation of this primal scene. The images in a dream stand in for the gap in the symbolic order; they symbolize the latent content of the dream, which are the unconscious drives. A dream turns … Continue reading Cinematic Apparatus, Brain, and the Psyche as Fantasy Machines

The Unhappy Consciousness, or, Stoics and Sceptics locked in Klein’s projection-introjection mechanism

In Phenomenology of Spirit Hegel attempts to write a mythology of creation and a creation of mythology in one simultaneous movement in two opposite directions at once. Intimately implicating the process of creation in error and misrecognition, Phenomenology of Spirit is a narrative of the subject’s endless process of negotiating with the world and with … Continue reading The Unhappy Consciousness, or, Stoics and Sceptics locked in Klein’s projection-introjection mechanism

The Significance of Gerald Edelman’s Cognitive Neuroscience

    Cognitive neuroscience proposes that the quality of an external object is always already projected onto that object by the neuronal activity of the brain. What cognitive neuroscience lacks is a historical context, likewise what cultural studies lacks is an organic basis. An interaction between psychoanalysis, linguistics, philosophy, cultural studies, and cognitive neuroscience can break out of the closure … Continue reading The Significance of Gerald Edelman’s Cognitive Neuroscience

The Island: Waiting for a day that will never come…

The Island is a science-fiction movie directed by Michael Bay. Our hero, Lincoln Six-Echo (Ewan McGregor) wakes up from a nightmare in which he sees himself drowning. What we, the spectators don’t know yet is that Lincoln has actually woken up to a sterile world which has nothing do with the real world. Lincoln wakes … Continue reading The Island: Waiting for a day that will never come…

Notes Towards an Object-Oriented Psychoanalysis -3

For Lacan there is this solipsistic period of life at the beginning. The subject becomes capable of making a distinction between himself and others after the Narcissistic period of the mirror stage. The subject’s ability to interpret and adapt shows signs of progress. Once the mirror stage is passed through and the fantasy is traversed, … Continue reading Notes Towards an Object-Oriented Psychoanalysis -3

Life and Death in a Raving New World (via senselogic) + Being Without Thought: The Unconscious and the Critique of Correlationism (via Complete Lies.)

Life and Death in a Raving New World (excerpt from The Life Death Drives) 1. Freud and Einstein In 1931 the International Institute of Intellectual Cooperation invited certain intellectuals to communicate and think about the solutions to the problems facing the world. The First World War was over but the second one was already knocking … Continue reading Life and Death in a Raving New World (via senselogic) + Being Without Thought: The Unconscious and the Critique of Correlationism (via Complete Lies.)