Lakoff analogy as cross-domain sharing of priors

Thus far I've been interested in predictive coding's hierarchical inference, but cross-domain mapping allows horizontal, analogic inference as well. As Lakoff (1992) notes, much of the language we use to talk about abstract domains is derived from the figurative extension of language used to discuss analogous physical-world situations. For example, in the analogy love is… Continue reading Lakoff analogy as cross-domain sharing of priors

Wait, what? Sense-breaking in contemporary art

x-post from Carcinisation In a recent paper, my collaborator Tom Rutten and I advanced a tentative theory of how contemporary visual artworks might interact with a predictive error minimization (or "predictive processing") system in human viewers. The predictive processing model of cognition is a relatively recent figuration of the age-old problem of inference (how humans… Continue reading Wait, what? Sense-breaking in contemporary art

Metis-First Editing

From Sam[ ]zdat to Ribbonfarm, one of the ideas underlying much of the criticism of rationalists (and by extension, the modernists) is James C. Scott's concept of metis, advanced in 1998's Seeing Like A State. The idea is grounded in two priors: first, that the world is complicated; second, that the complexity of worldly domains… Continue reading Metis-First Editing

Wasting Our Time

Karen Horney’s (pron. “Horn-eye”) Neurosis and Human Growth is an influential but heterodox work of psychoanalytic theory that argues on behalf of self-realization (her coinage). It’s a good book that would’ve been a great essay, so I want to compress its framework of ideas here and sort what felt resonant from what didn't. Here’s the… Continue reading Wasting Our Time

Laloux

I took 3-MeO-PCP for the first time in a long time in the baby-blue kitchen of L & N’s apartment. I dissolved into litboard conversations on The Brothers K and then went to the Rubin at 7:30 and smoked a spliff by the entrance and went inside and went down to the theatre and went upstairs to… Continue reading Laloux

Divided Minds

Sea Scroll 4Q248, previously entitled "Pseudo History" We can't go on together / with divided minds.—Pseudo Elvis Last time on @4Q248, i.e. PA.blogspot.com: We're not saying life makes people schizo, we're talking excessive frustration left unprocessed, or regular baseline frustration amplified by unstable parents [and] chaotic environments, charges vectors in the direction of schizo process.… Continue reading Divided Minds

Valerie, No

i.  dry 35° / lavender / wet west gust Before anything else, Oval (Elvia Wilk, 2019) is an idea novel. Anecdotes, ruminations, political monologues, thought experiments pushing the usual simulations of scifi into something almost philosophy. Its subjects are ecology, government systems, and that ambiguous word neoliberalism (here meant in the sense of blurring private sector and state,… Continue reading Valerie, No