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Re: quantum/digital/analogue

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Curt Cloninger <[log in to unmask]>

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Curt Cloninger <[log in to unmask]>

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Sat, 26 Mar 2011 13:49:11 -0400

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Hi Jon,

This Whitehead maxim seems applicable:
"The true philosophical question is, how can concrete fact exhibit 
entities abstract from itself and yet participated in by its own 
nature?"

If insights from physics are to be applied to art, some abstraction 
will necessarily have to occur (otherwise you're simply left talking 
about physics, or reducing art to physics -- an analytic philosophy 
trap). But how to fruitfully cross-apply these abstractions to art 
without:
a) slipping into grammatological wordplay (Derrida interminably 
riffing on Adami, a post-structuralist trap),
b) cross-applying these new abstractions using old school dialectical 
metaphysics (metaphysics which presume the existence of an 
analog/digital divide in the first place).

And (beyond the philosophical), how to make art that engages with 
these analogDigital conundrums (Leibniz's monadism wrestling with 
Bergson's concrete duration) in ways that enact and foreground said 
conundrums rather than merely re-presenting them via analogy.

Best,
Curt



Jon wrote:
>I think this is precisely the problem: that the metaphysics many of 
>us take for granted is inherited from outdated science textbooks.
>
>Physicists have known since the beginning of the last century that 
>nature's building blocks are assembled in messy states of 
>superposition rather than lined up in neat compartments. ("Is the 
>spin up or down? It's both!") Yet so many humanists I read, 
>especially among the  poststructuralists, yammer on about binaries 
>and dichotomies as though the Law of the Excluded Middle were an 
>incontestable truth. Or, almost as bad, as though they are the first 
>to realize it isn't.
>
>Nor are all scientists immune from this outmoded determinism. Most 
>biologists I speak to have heard of quantum mechanics, but 
>implicitly assume that atoms are minuscule billiard balls careening 
>predictably around, instead of some perverse foam that oozes 
>contradictory states of matter when you're not looking.
>
>Even Newton didn't understand the metaphysical implications of his 
>theory. Though a heretic by contemporaneous standards, Newton was 
>still a devout Christian, and during his life wrote more about 
>religion than science. He is remembered among metaphysics scholars 
>for positing an absolute frame of reference for space and time, in 
>contrast to Einstein's later relativistic one. Except that Newton's 
>equations *are* relativistic for the scales he was considering--a 
>fact he obscured by giving lip service to an absolute frame in order 
>to reconcile his formulas with the dogma of his time.
>
>The design of digital computers to date has only reinforced the lay 
>perception that everything around us can be boiled down to 1s and 
>0s. The advent of quantum computers to which Simon alluded could 
>challenge that perception--and maybe even give nonphysicists their 
>first glimpse of nature with her hair down.

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