viernes, 27 de septiembre de 2013

Psychedelic: a chemical metaphor, a crystalization of existence

«Steve Jobs—who once suggested that Microsoft products would be better if Bill Gates “had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger"» Slate


I'd like to start with the latter quote as a metaphor for going beyond bourgeois rationalism; a metaphor for the aesthetic and radical experience of virtualism [1].  The psychedelic experience is not an experience of the irrational, of the lesser real.  It might often be fragile, but fragile also where the first computers. It has its 'own' time and space, but it is ultimately objective (i.e. potentially social) since is mediated by physical processes.  There is this widespread belief that the psychedelic condition when is not the epitome of absolute subjectivity it has an objective dimension too ambiguous to give rise to the complex epigenesis of reality characteristic of other virtual experiences such as formal language, art, design, engineering, etc. Underlying this myth is the metaphysical narrative of the human body as the unit of existence.  We need to recognize and develop the full implications of the historic potential of all bodies to further evolve into organs and tissues.


I'm talking about the potential of the psychedelic experience as another platform for development of the socious; a sort of conceptual radicalism of the artistic experience (e.g. cinematography).  I consider two interpretations of the psychedelic experience: the materialistic, substrate oriented, in which is seen as a space offering possibilities for getting closer to the monistic or immanent condition; in it the psychedelic experience would just be one more step (not a conclusive one) in the pursue of monism, i.e.  monism as a never ending project.  This is akin to reformist thought.  In the other interpretation there is a sense of conclusiveness of meaning through history; after conquering the psychedelic condition we should pursue other meanings on top of the former, but not reducible to it.  This is akin to revolutionary thought.  There might be one more interpretation or hypothesis: that the psychedelic condition is the monistic condition itself, in that case it is conclusive for all meaning.

And talking about psychodelia, I want to point out the possibility of the abstract experience -platon's world of ideas, that place we are and inhabit when thinking on a perfect circle- to be the psychedelic experience, from a slightly different approach.  Although is not so stable, unless the mind is trained in abstractions like that of real mathematicians.  If that is so, the order of abstraction manifest in mathematics would be the evidence that the psychedelic experience holds the potential of a virtual reality in its social sense -consistency would not only be the 'physical laws' of such world, but also its entrance-.  At the same time, the difficult relation between the exprience of abstraction and its socialization resembles the difficult socialization of the psychedelic experience.  (Perhaps, the 'autistic' mind inhabits abstraction, perhaps they are in a permanent psychodelic experience, but they might be able to communicate in a similar way as mathematicians do, through algebra rather than semantics.  The blind response to basic somatism would be their only remanent of a semantic language.)

[1] My aim is not to say who, Jobs or William, is more radical; that's a fruitless discussion.  Neither is fighting against the bourgeois society; my concern is its evolution.

Posdata: The lattest posts, whose leitmotifs are mysticism and psychedelia are aimed to explore the body-mind relation beyond the enlightened dichotomy that seems to have dominated western civilization during the last centuries, also to develop contemporary metaphors and possible physical substrates for the enhancement/molecularization of virtuality.
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