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i am an eXperiment. a Syncopated word & image coLLage imported from Our minD sEnse-thoUght collective stream. a trial 2 eXpress the aRhythmia & the off beat that lies in-betwEEn the bond made of: imAge narrative & senSation. an aEsthetic act and aim of WondeR in the search for a CRaCK. as for if anything eXists at all it exisTs i n - b e T w e e n.
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    And we, inhabitants of the great coral Cosmos, believe the atom (which we still cannot see) to be full matter, whereas, it too, like everything else, is but an embroidery of voids in the Void, and we give the name of being, dense and even eternal, to that dance of inconsistencies, that infinite extension that is identified with absolute Nothingness
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    its own non-being

    So here I am illuding myself with the illusion of an illusion—I, an illusion myself? I, who was to lose everything, happened on this vessel lost in the Antipodes only to realize that there was nothing to lose? But, understanding this, do I not perhaps gain everything, because I become the one thinking point at which the Universe recognizes its own illusion?

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    Umberto Eco, Paradoxical Exercises Regarding the Thinking of Stones.
    photography : Stephanie Jung

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    Wildcat     Wed, Jun 11, 2014  Permanent link
    Brilliant piece by Umberto Eco, and though I admire this particular 'mise en scene' I cannot agree with the second part, namely: "But, understanding this, do I not perhaps gain everything, because I become the one thinking point at which the Universe recognizes its own illusion?"

    The reason? to my mind by positing even the possibility of gaining everything the mind defeats its own purpose of realization or realization of purpose (take your pick) i.e emptiness (or void). By in fact positioning oneself as the crux of the matter, the axis mundi :" the one thinking point at which the Universe recognizes its own illusion" the mind in question creates a new basis (not to mention self-inflation to the point of ridiculousness).... hence my disagreement to the statement. We should make well to remember the fantastic lesson in Tarkowski's Stalker.. probably the most important scene in the history of philosophical cinema.
    Thank you for this piece, an important reminder indeed.
    syncopath     Thu, Jun 12, 2014  Permanent link
    Thank you Wildcat for this critical remark. i am absolutely in tandem with this observation.
    if "i" position itself as an axis mundi, it is not only a 'cosmic hubris', but a vital hindrance unto realizing this state of affairs of every-thing as an 'embroidery of voids in the Void".

    While composing this post, i thought to edit out the second part .. it was left in,
    to keep the paragraph intact and to allow the varied reader the possible varied reading.
    Now, with these comments, this text becomes better. Thanks again.