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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 →

Epictetus: Affirmation as Negation

Do not seek to have events happen as you want them to, but instead want them to happen as they do happen, and your life will go well...[16] ~ Epictetus We continually have to work on turning everything that happens to us in this life into “for the good.” For everything good or bad to become... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 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 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 →

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 →

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 →

Simon Critchley – To Philosophize Is to Learn How to Die (Video) + Creatureliness and Immortality + Method and Consequences of The Life Death Drives

Creatureliness and Immortality (via Speculative Humbug)  [I now think the opinions expressed here are massively too hasty - this issue of meaning and finitude requires a lot more thought - but I'll leave the original post up anyway.] I've just watched the first episode of this interview with Simon Critchley, and I thought I'd take... Continue Reading →

Consequences of Messing With Nature: Cronenberg, Lacan, Klein and eXistenZ

With the aim of changing the past, an impossible thing to do, the subject messes with nature, and his intrusion causes the very event which he was trying to prevent from happening. Just like Oedipus’s father who, in escape from a prophecy, falls victim to his choice of way to escape, and becomes the victim... Continue Reading →

Cronenberg, Burroughs, Deleuze (3) – From Metaphor and Towards Metamorphosis

From Metaphor and Towards Metamorphosis With Deleuze the Cartesian mind-body dualism has been replaced by body-language dualism. Without being too insistent about it at this stage I would like to hint at where the relationship between these dualisms is heading. I propose, therefore, what Deleuze has already pointed out, namely a new possibility of analysing... Continue Reading →

Artaud, Deleuze, and the Will to Nothingness

I close the eyes of my intelligence, and giving voice to the unformulated within me, I offer myself the sense of having wrested from the unknown something real. I believe in spontaneous conjurations. On the paths along which my blood draws me, it cannot be that one day I will not discover a truth.[1] Antonin Artaud... Continue Reading →

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