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December 15, 2016 / Tamara Reynolds

Musings On The ‘Real’

“We no longer live addicted to speech; having lost our senses, now we are going to lose language too. We will be addicted to data, naturally. Not data that comes from the world, or from language, but encoded data. To know is to inform oneself. Information is becoming our primary and universal addiction.”  (Michael Serres, The Five Senses)

Okay, perhaps that is a bleak statement, but let’s seriously ponder our current trajectory.

Buckminster Fuller qualified the universe as a series of non-simultaneous apprehended events; the real, or our perception of it, under constant readjustment as new information is gathered.

“Alice:  How long is forever?
White Rabbit:  Sometimes, just one second.” 
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

This contemporary feature of existing constantly doped on knowledge ensures that the on-going rattle of data (a state of becoming) the real instantaneously, thereby cutting down all value of the previous. The further along the production of data, the further one gets from the original generating source, casting the real deeper into umbra, the simulacrum. Like a drug, the individual seeking a fix of this type is never made happy or satisfied, but the very act of not having access to it often creates a greater perceived misery.

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We are all guilty of going down the preverbal rabbit hole, (great article here), and sometimes it’s necessary in order to lead to the true nature of ‘reality’, particularly in this day and age of misinformation. However, what of the experience that one’s morning, day, or worse, the weekend, has been consumed by topic ‘research?’

“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” 
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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