• AMMDI is an open-notebook hypertext writing experiment, authored by Mike Travers aka @mtraven. It's a work in progress and some parts are more polished than others. Comments welcome! More.
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from Mastery of Non-Mastery in the Age of Meltdown
  • A nice factoring of "smoke and mirrors" into mimesis (mirror) and the obscure and irritating distortions (smoke).
from Play as a Cognitive Primitive
  • Obviously we don՚t know, but my best guess is that the simplest way to get representation, is as a kind of mimesis . Our mythical creature doesn't so much represent future world states as experience them. It doesn't think “about” them; it has no mechanism for that. It doesn't manipulate a set of tokenized representations, it re-activates past experiential states in such a way as to feel what they would be like if they were realized. From there, behaviors that are aimed at achieving pleasant future states or avoiding unpleasant ones can be triggered accordingly.
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10 Jan 2021 09:19 - 01 Jan 2022 07:48

    • A key term in Taussig, Benjamin, Adorno, Girard, probably others. I don't claim to understand it very well. That is, I know what the term means, more or less, but not why it appears so fundamental and spiritually-charged as they do.
    • Or maybe I feel like I can't cash it out in the currency of cognitive science.
    • Neurology has mirror neurons, but mimesis is something different. Perhaps its a higher-level skill built out of very basic mirroring capabilities, like music is built on the basic rhythms of breathing and walking.
    • In Adorno and Horkheimer's Dialectic of Enlightenment, mimesis (once a dominant practice) becomes a repressed presence in Western history in which one yields to nature (as opposed to the impulse of Enlightenment science which seeks to dominate nature) to the extent that the subject loses itself and sinks into the surrounding world. They argue that, in Western history, mimesis has been transformed by Enlightenment science from a dominant presence into a distorted, repressed, and hidden force.
    • From Potolsky, Mimesis