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William Blake
  • 2002 email
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from conflict theory
  • William Blake

    • Without Contraries is no progression Opposition is True Friendship
      • – The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
from Free Play
from Free Play
  • Another William Blake quote: "Jesus was all virtue, and acted from impulse, not from rules."
from Urizen
from Obstinancy
  • Aside from Blake, the other obstinate man that comes to mind is Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software movement, recently cancelled, a Macarthur Fellow and completely socially unacceptable person. I had some personal dealings with him back in the day, including having to rescue a few female friends from his attentions.
from quarantine reading 2020
from Deleuze
  • Sounds William Blake ish to me. Also resonates with the situated action critique of planning and AI goals somehow.
    • The AI/rationalist model is: you have a representation of some goals, and a representation of reality (via the senses), your executive machine diffs these and use the differences to drive actions that are intended to reduce the differences to zero.
    • The real problem with this is that it's entirely representational and ignores embodiment.
from LWMap/Being a Robust Agent
  • Let me try and unpack that feeling. First, it reminds me of William Blake's dictum:
from Weird Studies/Request List
from Joel Kovel
  • A radical therapist and author, had a Marxist critique of psychotherapy. Also had a good essay on William Blake (in his collection The Radical Spirt)
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William Blake

01 Jan 2021 05:59 - 13 Feb 2022 09:50

    • Urizen is the principle of excessively cutting intellect, a destructive or negative intellect so solidified or impacted that it doesn't allow for any feeling or bodily rest or richness or generosity of imaginative space.
      • – Allen Ginsberg, Your Reason and Blake's System, p20
    • All Bibles or sacred codes have been the causes of the following Errors. 1. That Man has two real existing principles Viz: a Body & a Soul. 2. That Energy, called Evil, is alone from the Body, & that Reason, called Good, is alone from the Soul. 3. That God will torment Man in Eternity for following his Energies. But the following Contraries to these are True 1. Man has no Body distinct from his Soul for that calld Body is a portion of Soul discernd by the five Senses, the chief inlets of Soul in this age. 2. Energy is the only life and is from the Body and Reason is the bound or outward circumference of Energy. 3. Energy is Eternal Delight. (Plate 4, E34)
      • The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
    • Readings

      • William Blake Now: Why He Matters More Than Ever, Higgs
        • Short and sturdy introduction, read it a 2nd time to refresh myself.
        • I liked this framing:
          • Blake was born in the Age of Enlightenment, with rejected the medieval idea that our most important value was faith. Instead, reason was declared to be primary...For Blake, this wasn't going far enough. Reason was important, but it was only a small, bounded part of what the mind was capable of. Blake recognized that it was imagination, not reason, that was fundamental, because reason was only a product of the imagination.
        • "Imagination" in Blake's use being something more than mere fantasy, more like the divine power of the mind to create.
        • Ends with Blake's relevance to British culture and self-image in age of Brexit, which is fine but a bit outside of my concerns.
      • Blame it on Blake, Rabinowitz
    • "Cogs Tyrannic"

      • I turn my eyes to the schools and universities of Europe And there behold the Loom of Locke, whose Woof rages dire, Wash'd by the Water-wheels of Newton: black the cloth In heavy wreaths folds over every nation: cruel works Of many Wheels I view, wheel without wheel, with cogs tyrannic, Moving by compulsion each other; not as those in Eden, which, Wheel within wheel, in freedom revolve, in harmony and peace.
        • – Blake, Jerusalem
        • It՚s not that “machines are bad because they have parts that move each other”, although that is certainly a possible reading. He՚s not an engineer, so these wheels aren՚t real wheels, they are metaphors for the human spirit. It isn՚t so terrible if a gear turns another gear, but it is terrible if a human is solely driven by external forces and has no freedom or autonomy.
        • OTOH – Blake is sensitive to the metaphorical resonances, that if we build machines with parts that “compel” others, then that relationship is probably to be found in human relationships as well.
        • Crazy, I was having these same thoughts in 2002? William Blake/2002 email