I don’t care

— But take an instance we are being watched.

— Yeah but, I don’t care– if you’re watched, you know what I mean? I– Here I preach arrogance. So what? Let the big Other watch me, maybe he will learn something and be less stupid, you know. This is not my problem, you know. Like, you know when we were those half-dissidents, no? And a guy, when we had some committee for human rights, blah blah, a guy–

— Or they change your behavior, being watched…

— No, no, no nono, no no… You know, I learned through friends that some secret policemen were really mad at me because I told a horrible story then, it’s one of– I told them, and it’s true, you know I read a history of United States in 19th century where I was told that racism was so strong in the old south, anti-black racism, that when you have in New Orleans, before civil war, brothels, whorehouses, prostitution houses, the white customer was making love to a white prostitute and if a black guy entered the room, ringing rings whatever, they didn’t stop making love, it was like… They didn’t consider a black person entering, a human gaze which puts you to shame, it’s like a dog, a bird, you don’t care, you go on making love. And I told them, this was horrible what they did, the way they treated blacks there, but we should treat secret policemen… Secret policemen should be treated like black servants, you know. You don’t care. And this is where they feel most horrified, you know, when they learn that you don’t care.


~~~ Being in default ~~~

Moreover, see how the subject situates himself in what I might call the suspension of the articulation of the dream. The subject himself, as he situates himself, as he assumes himself, knows as one might say, because the other does not know, the subjective position of the other. And here of ***being in default*** as one might say. That he is dead, of course, is a statement that after all cannot touch him. Every symbolic expression like this one, of the being dead, makes him subsist, preserves him when all is said and done. It is precisely indeed the paradox of this symbolic position: the fact is that there is no being to being, no affirmation of the being dead which in a certain fashion does not immortalise him. And this indeed is what is in question in the dream. But this subjective position of the being who is ***in default***, this subjective lesser value, is not directed at the fact that he is dead, it is essentially directed at the fact that he is the one who does not know. This is how the subject situates himself before the other. In addition this sort of protection exercised with respect to the other which means that not only does he not know, but that at the limit I would say that he must not be told that, is something which is always found more or less at the root of every communication between people, what one can and what one cannot let him know. Here is something whose incidence you should always weigh every time you are dealing with an analytic discourse. There was some talk last night about those who could not speak, express themselves, about the obstacles, about the resistances that are properly speaking involved in discourse. This dimension is essential to relate this dream to another dream which is borrowed from the last page of Trotsky’s Journal at the end of his stay in France at the beginning of the last war I think. It is a particularly moving dream. It is at the moment when, perhaps for the first time, Trotsky begins to experience in himself the first intimations of some diminution of the vital energy which was so inexhaustible in this man. And he sees appearing in a dream his companion Lenin, who congratulates him on his good health, and on his indomitable character. And the other, in a fashion which takes its value from this ambiguity that there always exists in dialogue, gives him to understand that perhaps this time there is something in him which is not now at the same level that his old companion had always known. But what he thinks about is how to spare this old companion who emerges in this way in such a significant fashion at a critical, decisive moment of his vital evolution. And wanting to recall something which precisely referred to the moment when even he, Lenin, had slackened in his efforts, he says, to indicate to him the moment when he died: the time when you were very very ill. As if a precise formulation of what was in question would by its very breath, dissipate the shade before whom Trotsky, in his dream at this decisive moment of his existence, maintains himself.

Lacan’s Seminar Book 6: Desire & its interpretation




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Digital transference: Energy and Entropy

Here’s what I’m going to do: I’m going to write this post quickly and then go to the supermarket. What I will tell are the thoughts that emerged today on my way to the Boston Lacan Study Group (BSLG) meeting on Lacan’s 8th seminar book: Transference, class 12. There was no reason to bring these thoughts up during the meeting, for even without a big Other, we had other things to discuss, which is good.


Let me introduce you to my phone which is not really a phone because it is without a SIM card (without a micro-SIM card to be exact, since I have a SIM card that inhabits my other phone that is really a phone), but this is not the issue now. Continue reading “Digital transference: Energy and Entropy”

Counting Qualia — Işık Barış Fidaner

counting-qualia-kapakLast version: 7 September 2016

(67 pages — PDFLaTeX)


— Why N-1 in standard deviation?

— Conditional Counting of Qualia

— Qualia is uncertainty, uncertainty is conditional counting

— objet petit a = “less than zero” = “less than the empty set”

— Virtuality is what is left behind by conditional subtraction

— encapsulation is relativity

— relativity?

— I am white

— Postmodern Alienation Model

— Bibliography


Seven #art projects for those interested

1) The Uses of Sigmund Freud’s Traumdeutung: A Photographic Guide (Web design + Brochure)

Shall we do some dream-work concerning the importance of books? For instance Sigmund Freud’s masterpiece The Interpretation of Dreams is nowadays extremely underrated, no? I at least would very much appreciate if some people with experience in photography would document the proper uses of this book.


Contexualizing such a unique intellectual product of humanhind would certainly be more helpful in comparison to certain other well-known objects of desire who are continually re-contexualized by the established contemporary artistry and moreover whose actual or at least potential purposes insistently and not wholely but almost completely remain uncertain.

There should also be retro and futuristic photos to show that Traumdeutung can fit into every historical setting.



2) A Reichian Orgone Accumulator with a copy of Slavoj Zizek’s Absolute Recoil (Physical installation + Video)


And a small lamp too.

Units like this may be installed as part of an exhibition.



3) A Lacanian water pump (Product design + Blueprints)


It may have input-output like a standard pump, or it may have a single surface topology like a Klein bottle.

See also: Pumps from dump



4) TINA (Sketch + Animation)

TINA will be a character, a feminine organism.

She can be womanlike or catlike, cyborglike or squirrellike. She may also be a transgender.

She will stand for “There Is No Alternative.”

TINA will be an austere creature fighting global youth.

“The reformation of the radical and anticapitalist left forces, as a necessary condition to broaden and update our plan for the socialism of the twenty-first century, is one of our key objectives in the future. Our main concern remains the participation of large groups of the Greek and European youth in such a perspective, as well as the existence and the enforcement of strong political frontal movements against the ΤΙΝΑ of rough austerity.” Why They Broke With Syriza



5) The Big Data Cake (Physical installation + Photography)

It’s just a big colorful cake.

It’s like a wedding cake. But just for geeks.

Nothing is being wed to nothing else.

So it should have a chindōgu mechanism to automatically cut itself up.

See also: Physics prepares to feast on collider data, seeking dark universe



6) Always-Already Insurance Company provides Lacanian “Quotes” for any of your insurance needs. (Website + Brochure)

Hear Hear Insurance Company can be its competitor.



7) “Proudly Fascist” hats and “Long Live Fascism” flags for civilians.

And “I love Fascism” badges for their officers.

Like these guys:

They attacked the families of the victims of a terrorist attack in their funeral.

Then the police took the families into custody.

Family resemblances prosecuted by flag carrying hat wearers and their fellow unifs.