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from Mastery of Non-Mastery in the Age of Meltdown
  • Probably it's best understood as a deadpan subversive semi-joke like 'Pataphysics or slack. In which case I am being kind of dull-witted in trying to pin it down with precise definitions.
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  • 2016-12-05: OTOH: 'Pataphysics will be, above all, the science of the particular, despite the common opinion that the only science is that of the general. ‘Pataphysics will examine the laws governing exceptions.
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  • 'Pataphysics
    • structurally similar to Weird Studies – a general science of the exceptional
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'Pataphysics

15 Mar 2021 02:37 - 01 Jan 2022 07:48

    • ‘Pataphysics will be, above all, the science of the particular, despite the common opinion that the only science is that of the general. ‘Pataphysics will examine the laws governing exceptions.
      • – Alfred Jarry
    • 'Pataphysics, knowledge of the specific and irreducible, is therefore the opposite of physics.
      • – René Daumal
    • the most serious of all the sciences.
      • – Dr. Sandomir
    • On the superficial level, computation and pataphysics should have little to do with each other, or even be opposed in some sense. Computation is all about finding similarities and building abstractions to capture them. It doesn't like exceptions very much and tries to iron them out in its role as the handmaiden of state bureaucracy.
    • I'll just say that the computational environment I grew up on, and remains the best I've used (the MIT Lisp Machine), combined a rich object-oriented model with a REPL, which created the feeling of interacting with individualized unique objects. And it featured a very sophisticated way of dealing with exceptions, far surpassing any programming environment of today.
    • So perhaps the real power of Lisp is that it combines mathematical and pataphysical sensibilities.
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      • patarationality emerged on Twitter and disappeared instantly, out of a conversation about postrationalism which is apparently something nobody wants to be.