¤

al di lÓ di un presunto, autodeterminato e gratuito bisogno di espressione che comunque muove alla produzione, nella comunicazione e in un auspicabile feed-back sta l'impulso principale alla creazione

¤

ascolto un po' di questi suoni .microsound
che sono un po' quelli che ascolto con maggiore interesse al momento
e mi sembrano un'ottima possibile soundtrack di film science-fiction
avant-garde o gi¨ di lý
il prototipo sembra essere *ancora una volta* la *music for films* di brian eno

¤

qui
raggiungono il mio occhio
solo cose fresche

¤

http://www.furious.com/perfect/conlonnancarrow.html
strano tipo
ascoltate sue musiche radio 3 - biennale musica - settembre
scritte per pianola
perchÚ nessuno gliele eseguiva
ma lý/lÓ per pianoforte da ursula ...
comunque molto originali, taglienti
con uno
strano umorismo furioso

¤

http://surfaces.tinkle.lt/
dalla lituania
http://www.bernhardgal.com/
dall'austria

¤

the black snow, the liquid stone
insieme al consorte
the ring on the worm
si trova qui
http://artists3.iuma.com/IUMA/Bands/Marco_Lucchi/
facenti entrambi parte dell'album 2, shinto and water-coloured variations, che lý ho assemblato

¤

http://www.petersloterdijk.net/
sloterdijk in olandese significa qualcosa che mi pare abbia a che fare con il limite mi pare di aver letto da qualche parte cosý

¤

il rizoma sembra tornato molto di moda sarÓ per via della rete o anche un po' per il perenne mistero vegetale che c'Ŕ in tutto e tutti

Ŕ il vegetale una matematica delle vita?

in un nuovo cd della sub rosa - etichetta a me molto gradita - con scanner e toop - sempre pi¨ eminente - titolato the floating foundation si parla di loto, bamb¨, l'hotel imperial a tokio - by ll wright - via rizoma deleuze guattari

¤

tarai kara
tarai ni utsuru
chinpunkan

hito mo natu
ko hitori netari
kaja no naka

¤

http://www.akirarabelais.com
http://musork.com/
http://www.sargasso.com
http://www.and-oar.org

¤

Men Are Grass:
The Logic of Gregory Bateson

Candice Bradley


Gregory Bateson argued that there were two kinds of logic: logic in barbara and logic in grass.

Logic in barbara is the logic of mathematics and empirical science and non-living things. It goes:

Men die.
Socrates is a man (or, Socrates is mortal).
Socrates will die.

Logic in grass is the logic of schizophrenics, metaphor and living things. It goes:
Men die.
Grass dies.
Men are grass.

Of course, says Bateson, people are not grass. However, when thinking metaphorically, we can imagine many ways in which people are grass and the idea might even seem lovely to us. The world of living things, the world he called "Mind" (see Mind and Nature), is governed by this kind of metaphorical logic, in which one half of the body is a metaphor for the other (even in a crab where the claw is bigger on one side than on the other), and where there are similarities between species we call homomorphisms, and in the process of ontogeny, etc.

An Acre of Grass
W.B.Yeats

Picture and book remain,
An acre of green grass
For air and exercize,
Now strength and body goes;
Midnight, an old house
Where nothing stirs but a mouse.
My temptation is quiet.
Here at life's end
Neither loose imagination,
Nor the mill of the mind
Consuming its rag and bone
Can make the truth known.

Grant me an old man's frenzy,
Myself must I remake
Till I am Timon and Lear
Or that William Blake
Who beat upon the wall
Till Truth obeyed his call;

A mind Michael Angelo knew
That can pierce the clouds,
Or inspired by frenzy
Shake the dead in their shrouds;
Forgotten else by mankind,
An old man's eagle mind.

Bateson's point was that we must be careful not to get barbara logic mixed up with grass logic. If we do that as individuals, if we mistake metaphor for reality, we are mentally ill. If we do that as scientists, we think mechanistically -- we substitute the mechanical "barbara" logic of the non-living world for the metaphorical, circular, "grass" logic of the living world.


This Bateson page is the work of Candice Bradley, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.

For further elaboration on the "syllogism in grass" and the "syllogism in barbara," see Gregory Bateson and Mary Catherine Bateson (1987, Toronto: Bantam Books)Angels Fear: Toward an Epistemology of the Sacred

Back to The Tangled Web
Back to the Bateson Page

¤