Saturday, December 31, 2011

Extraordinary Discourse 049

Unconventional Utterances

I digress.

True innovation occurs when things are put together for the first time that had been separate.
Arthur Koestler
Beyond Reductionism

I will show that synergy is of central importance in virtually every scientific discipline, though it very often travels incognito under various aliases (mutualism, cooperativity, symbiosis, win-win, emergent effects, a critical mass, coevolution, interactions, threshold effects, even non-zero-sumness).
Peter A. Corning, Ph.D

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Extraordinary Discourse 048

It's The Thought That Counts

Over 80 utterance snapshots.

Through analogy and symbolism, through the remote illuminations of mediating imagery, through the interplay of their correspondences in a thousand chains of reactions and strange associations, and finally, through the grace of a language into which the very rhythm of Being has been translated.
Saint-John Perse
Nobel acceptance speech

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Extraordinary Discourse 047

Demons and Daimons

What is politics, rich suckers, Demons, Daimons, Brough MacPherson, Paul Celan, Traffic and human trafficking-- and much more!

Having subjective cognitions to juxtapose is an existential prerequisite of having cognitive synergy. This awareness is a fundamental reason to embrace and celebrate dynamic perspectives. Though approaches must be dynamic, the intention of participating cognitions must be unified. Terence McKenna spoke of a unified worldview on a global scale, encompassing everybody from "Cambridge, to the natives of the highlands of New Guinea." It is important to recognize the potential of all angles and views, as that allows for the most data from which to synthesize insights.
Cognitive Synergy

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Extraordinary Discourse 046


Anyone familiar with my work knows that I support the historical fall of the job system in an age of cornucopia. Someone has to stand up to the absurd rhetoric of "jobs!" and its obsolete propaganda, the work ethic as we have known it, branded violently into impressionable children for centuries. Someone must speak for a new step into liberty that has been technically possible for decades, and thwarted from above by the institutionalized abuses of the 1%, and from below by mass blind adherence/obedience to that destructive "ethic."
Jack Saturday

Here, the rhetorical/acoustic redundancy corresponds to the semantic one - a case of Roland Barthes' "plurality of stereophonic voices," (Barthes 159f) or maybe Mikhail Bakhtin's "polyphony" and "heteroglossia" (Bakhtin 368-69): connecting common knowledge, transmogrified Shakespeare quotes and popular myths, already the first ten lines of Mailer's novel establish the kind of kaleidoscopic indeterminacy that characterizes the whole text, a discourse which constantly changes the frequency of its quasi-electronic stream-of-consciousness and thus, ultimately, creates strings of meanings that compete with each other for validity.
Peter A. Corning, Ph.D

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Extraordinary Discourse 045

Nuggets At Play From Books And Radio

From women at work through the last trumpet to the wheel of meat, and more!

Helpful Hints for radicals, intellectuals, strangers, artists, dreamers, readers, writers, speakers, activists, pacifists, fools, and professors.

I could tell you that these things were trails to be followed, that it didn't matter where they led, or even that the one thing that did matter was that they didn't lead anywhere, or at least not in some predetermined direction. I could say they were like an outline for something. It's up to you to go on with them or to go off on a tangent; and it's up to me to pursue them or give them a different configuration. And then, we--you or I--could see what could be done with these fragments.
Michel Foucault, from a lecture at the Collège de France, 7 January 1976, in Society Must Be Defended, trans. David Macey

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Extraordinary Discourse 044

Baby Grand Narratives

From the absurdity of jobs to the serious business of fun, and much more!

Thirty-five-year-old entrepreneur and youth-marketing guru Anastasia Goodstein turned her fascination with the evolving Internet habits of Millennials into a book, Totally Wired: What Teens and Tweens Are REALLY Doing Online (St. Martin's Griffon, March '07). She calls Millennials the "mash up generation," because they're constantly taking bits and pieces of popular culture and then remixing them -- essentially creating their own tailored subcultures.
What the World Might Look Like When the Millennials Run It
Tom Tresser

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Extraordinary Discourse 043


Of course we are dreamers!

Domestication And The Social Determinants Of Health, plus much more!

In our world, the fragments of the oral tradition mainly exist in religious ritual and liturgy, which have taken on a new significance and relevance in our electronic time.  In fact, in a sense we are playing backwards this process described in Preface To Plato. We are moving from the written to the oral at a much higher speed than the Greeks ever disintegrated their oral culture by means of the written word.
Marshall McLuhan,
Understanding Me

Combinatory play seems to be the essential feature in productive thought.
Albert Einstein

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Extraordinary Discourse 042

Au Contraire

Obedient And Disposable Men In War And Work

Not recommended for patriots.

Today, we face the desperate need to preserve a space for other forms of thinking and ways of being -- a protected zone free of the commercial inferno.
Norman Solomon

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Extraordinary Discourse 041

Jack’s Intellectual Romp Show

Behind the scenes in the era of neoliberalism,  neoconservatism.

#ows, Doctors Smoke Camels, child abuse, Prometheus, lions, and much more!

When issues like sampling and mixing are taken far enough they could even transform radio as we know it. Techniques from media pioneers and artists have seeped into mass media almost unnoticed. They probably will continue doing so. Already many documentaries on both television and radio are on the edge of what was once journalism. I am not saying straightforward journalism will disappear. I do think however that under the influence of what is called an 'information overload' and developing technologies not only how music evolves changes, also our representations of the world will change. Narrative will not disappear of course: some of it will just become more complex, sometimes close to ethereal.
Josephine Bosma
Sun, 27 Sep 1998

"Jung called Joyce and Picasso 'two great initiators, masters of the fragmentation of esthetical contents and accumulations of ingenious shards'"
Dierdre Bair

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Extraordinary Discourse 040: The World Owes You A Living 3

Extraordinary Discourse 040 Special: The World Owes You A Living 3

Workplace And Men
Men And War
Families, Roles
Pictures of Rich and Poor

Today's Extraordinary Discourse Special is Episode 3 of The World Owes You A Living
suite, a 6-part Millennial Associational Documentary.

A good look behind the mask of the job system and its supporting institutions and memes.
Where do we go, men, from a war to a matrix of desks/suit jackets /coldwar defense contracts. Whence domestic violence, "managers"? Powerlessness. Child sexual abuse? Powerless predators. Soul unity, camaraderie of WWII grunts broken into the centrifugal entropia of consumer items for the wife and kids and TV and alcohol til death.

Dr. William Temple, 98th Archbishop of Canterbury: "I am inclined to agree with the Biblical saying that work is a curse."

Dedicated to the #Occupy movements around the planet.

The World Owes You A Living 1

The World Owes You A Living 2

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Extraordinary Discourse 039

Lots Of Audio Pocket Change

Whose head is upon it? Yours, I hope.

Lewis Carroll or Charles Dodgson was a mathematician who had become quite fascinated by non-Euclidean spaces and non-Euclidean geometries, and he has transferred those to the nursery world, but, in effect, created a very avant-garde and symbolist treatise by so doing. So our world beginning as early, in fact,  as Rimbaud, our whole environmental world electromagnetically moved into a world of discontinuity and disconnection and unique spaces rather than homogeneous spaces.
Marshall McLuhan,
Understanding Me

But one of the hopeful things about the computer is this: that as a retrieval system, the instantaneous speed of retrieval by computer offers a future of discovery, because a retrieval system of very high speed brushes so many facets of knowledge together, so many kinds of layers of experience get brushed together that they reveal structures, they reveal forms, they reveal the life of forms, they reveal knowledge in all sorts of new patterns.
Marshall McLuhan,
Understanding Me

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Extraordinary Discourse 038

House of Excerpts

On the other hand, if I count the number of hours I spend listening to the radio, I am glad that I don't have to buy a license for it, or pay by the hour. My radio is on nearly all the time at home. Someone once said 'You get better pictures on the radio.' and they were right. When I hear a drama or comedy programme, I create the faces, costumes, special effects and scenery myself. No television producer can create a different programme for each viewer.
Radio Has The Best Pictures

More important, we will search out the hidden connections among events that
on the surface seem unrelated.
Alvin Toffler, The Third Wave

Actually, I'm getting a little sick of the word 'discourse.' Do I sound irritable? There is a very noisy playground across from where I am writing.
Guest Editor
Billy Collins
Introduction best American poetry 2006

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Extraordinary Discourse 037

Pathways Through a Medicine Forest

Work hard!  Keep quiet! Drug the kids!

A well-chosen anthology is a complete dispensary of medicine for the more common mental disorders, and may be used as much for prevention as cure.
Robert Graves

We shouldn't hesitate to pilfer the past for what it has to offer, the ancients lose nothing yet we are enriched.
Bob Black

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Extraordinary Discourse 036

Fractal Documentary

For you if your head is also alive.

This is how philosophy evolved in the symposium, before philosophy was written down. And poetry began with the voice as its only player and the ear as its only recorder. Indeed, I don’t know of any really good writer who was deaf, either. How could one ever come, even with the clever signage of the good Abbé de l’Épée, to appreciate the miniscule twinges and ecstasies of nuance that the well-tuned voice imparts?
Cristopher Hitchens, June 2011

Making mental connections is our most crucial learning tool: the essence of
human intelligence. To forge links, to go beyond the given, to see patterns,
relationships, context.
Marilyn Fergusen, The Aquarian Conspiracy

Thinking that is alive involves seeing connections between seemingly
different phenomena.
Mary Daly

Arthur Koestler has even gone so far as to argue... that jokes represent the primitive basis of creative thought, because they bring together ideas that are normally considered unrelated-- the essential factor in all real originality.
Ann Faraday, The Dream Game

Guy Clark: here.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Extraordinary Discourse 035

Diversified utterance portfolio

from Rumi to GLI.

History teaches that when verbal taboos are broken, free discussion and changes for the better occur.
Ralph Nader

If They Give You Lined Paper, Write Sideways.
Daniel Quinn

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Extraordinary Discourse 034

Discourse Delicatessen

For activists and introverts.

I side with the Schlegels, with Nietzsche, Bataille, Jabes, and others, for whom the fragment is crucial to an understanding of contemporary life...
Alan Sondheim

Yet he was to spend much of the next two decades putting the facts he had been taught together again in a historical pattern of his own, and excoriating the academic system. What his complaint amounted to was this, that the system imparted the facts but had only a received and inert sense of the relations between the facts. These were dynamic relations, whereas syllabi are static affairs of language and period.
Hugh Kenner, on Ezra Pound

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Extraordinary Discourse 033

Vocal Uncommonplacing

I seek to develop among my students a taste for doing the Liberal Arts and humanities by opening up discussion about free places, outside work, career, and the domain of "the professional," where sport, art, critical analysis, value creation, and language-- in short the humanities, can be regained and what Jurgen Habermas called the "collapse of the discussional" might be reversed.
Benjamin Hunnicutt

Your intellect is
in fragments,
like bits of gold
Scattered over
many matters.
You must scrape
Together, so the
royal stamp can
be pressed into you.
Cohere, and you'll
be as lovely as
With its central
market, or
Grain by grain,
Collect the parts.
You'll be more
Than a flat coin.
You'll be a cup
With carvings of
the king
around the outside.


Saturday, September 3, 2011

Extraordinary Discourse 032

Deep News From The Radical Margins

The Word of course is one of the most powerful instruments of control ... now if you start cutting these up and rearranging them you are breaking down the control system.
William S. Burroughs

I think the highlighter more sacred than the text.
Jonathan Zap

Thanks to Peter Schickele's P.D.Q. Bach Classical Rap

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Extraordinary Discourse 031

Findings from a liberation quest

Viewer discretion advised ("radio has the best pictures")

Nibbling is an authentic scholarly pursuit, and eventually the edifice will get lower and can be surmounted.
Tony Towle

For all of you who are interested in depth psychology and psychotherapy but haven't yet found David Van Nuys, PhD (Dr. Dave), you have a treasure awaiting you at Shrink Rap Radio: wonderful interviews with leading-edge thinkers, writers, psychologists, all bringing medicine for the human soul in this stage of our death-rebirth struggle. Dr. Dave provides a friendly, personable bridge from professional to laity. Check out Shrink Rap Radio, donate to Dr. Dave's generous effort, and then tap into his Wise Counsel podcast.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Extraordinary Discourse 030: The World Owes You A Living 2

The World Owes You A Living 2

On Prisons
Abuses Of Workplace
Obedience Training, Social Control
The Real World Of Work
Cold War Career

"Come on, work, work!" This episode, the second in the World Owes You A Living Suite, leads us merrily/martially through the "good news" net of "low unemployment figures" to the front lines of commodity labor in our time. It shows how we are "trained" to obedience and conformity. US middle class a 1950s gov't initiative, Funding finding hate in the Cold War Career. Unprecedented numbers (sic) found frozen among their new fridges and freezers.

The World Owes You A Living 1


To read more about the entire World Owes You A Living suite, go here.

For links to descriptions of each episode, go here.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Extraordinary Discourse 029

The Twisted Hairs Rhizome

"Twisted Hairs" refers to those who take knowledge from many sources and weave it together, synthesizing and formulating "braids of truth." Over the centuries these "braids" are tried and tested. Those that are found to be valid and in alignment with sacred law are retained and added to the ever growing body of knowledge. Those that do not hold up under such rigor are discarded. So it has been for millennia within these ancient traditions of learning and journeying toward human enlightenment.
Deer Tribe

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Extraordinary Discourse 028

Fractal Documentary

"No one travels quite so high as he who knows not where he is going." Oliver Cromwell said it. The MOQ [Metaphysics Of Quality] explains it by saying that knowing where you are going is always static. Real art is not knowing where you are going, but are listening intently to something you don't understand. And if your ego doesn't interfere, this something you don't understand may guide you to much more than you ever expected.
Robert Pirsig, October 2009

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Extraordinary Discourse 027

Modification Set

Tobin-"if you sample something you're giving a lot more respect to the original artists than if you adapt their melody and call it your own. At least I'm saying it's all samples, it's all from other sources, the raw material. I'm not taking any credit for it. I'm only taking credit for what I do with it, for the arrangement of the samples, the way they're put together and manipulated."
(Ostroff, 2002)

And for some of us, is there anything finer than intelligent and stimulating written discourse while sitting with the morning cuppa?
Posted by: stellabloo on Feb 11, 2009 8:08 AM

No, well maybe spoken.
Posted by: Sister_Lauren on Feb 11, 2009 8:52 AM

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Extraordinary Discourse 026

Fox Talks, Trickster Mix

“Here, in ancient mythology,” writes Horowitz, “is the relationship between genesis, genetics, and the spoken word. Also implied is the concept of wholistic health hinging on oral functions.”

Horowitz points out that neurophysiologists have determined that fully

"one-third of the sensory-motor cortex of the brain is devoted to the tongue, oral cavity, the lips, and speech. In other words, oral frequency emissions (i.e., bioacoustic tones) spoken, or sung, exert powerful control over life, vibrating genes that influence total well-being and even evolution of the species."
Dr. Leonard Horowitz

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Extraordinary Discourse 025

Saturday Supplément

The supplement (supplément) is Rousseau's word to describe writing… . It means both the missing piece and the extra piece.
Jacques Derrida

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Extraordinary Discourse 024

Delectables for Autodidacts

"Everything is singular, but nothing is isolated."
from an essay called
Whitehead Vs Heidegger
Tuesday, August 17th, 2004 at 8:29 am
The pinocchio theory

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Extraordinary Discourse 023

Capers Precisely Cut

Laszlo forsees this trend of societal systems beginning to interlock. Via the Mind we are approaching global convergence that could either spawn societal interdependence or a situation where one societal system dominates over all the others. More immediately, Laszlo realizes that these global changes in societal systems propagate a "dislocation of the cognitive maps of individuals." Our belief systems, our images and rituals and routines, even our values are no longer routinely accepted. Laszlo seriously contends there is a desperate need for new "systems of belief and action."
Consciousness In The Cosmos: Perspective of Mind: Ervin Laszlo
Beatrix Murrell

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Extraordinary Discourse 022

Deep Marginalia

The model of a discrete 90 minute film as the ultimate goal is beginning to give way as well. While theatrical release remains a happy outcome, many films, especially documentaries, may soon become more amorphous "projects," where the outtakes, extras, YouTube clips, video blogs, Twitter feeds, Facebook fan pages, etcetera, plus whatever comes next to replace these evanescent things, are integrated from the outset as elements of the creative vision of the whole.
Why the Internet Is Ground Zero in the Global Consciousness War
Daniel Pinchbeck

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Extraordinary Discourse 021

Sound In Mind and Body

Technology's life saving and life changing gifts only make sense when cradled by a network of human conversation, a robust conversation that forms a parallel human network just as powerful as our computer networks, holding any technology to standards of sense and meaning, ethics and personal freedom.
David Whyte
Crossing The Unknown Sea

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Extraordinary Discourse 020: The World Owes You A Living 1

The World Owes You A Living 1

Advance Of Technology
World Unemployment
Decline Of Individualism
What We're Doing To The Children
Hate, Murder And Social Ambition

Today's Extraordinary Discourse Special is Episode 1 of The World Owes You A Living suite, a 6-part Associational Documentary. Its content was gathered from the early ramping of the "neo-liberal agenda" in the 1980s to the present, and paints a picture of that period which, arcing across the Millennium, appears, now to be approaching some kind of climax. Unfortunately, the narratives in this documentary, which weave 36 themes to outpicture the employment situation, are by no means dated or obsolete, though a new generation of voices has arisen. The good news is that there is indeed tremendous good news, if we look in the right direction-- and there has been for decades now.

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Extraordinary Discourse 018

Long Trail Of Short Cuts

Sorcery utilizes language to control and dominate reality, to limit human potential (like the pharmaceutical companies turning people into helpless victims by creating new chronic syndromes which they then medicate through new chemical potions), while shamanism provides the liberating act of breaking up certainties and returning reality to the status of mysterious perhapsness and infinite possibility.
Daniel Pinchbeck