|List updated: 22 October 2006|
Brion Gysin is one of the major influences behind this very website. The inventor of the dreamachine, vital link in the literary cut-up, and a master of permutation. This new biography by John Geiger is fascinating and informative. Gysin is beyond definition as writer, artist, influence. He touched and shaped the life and works of some of the major cultural figures of our time, from William Burroughs to David Bowie, Brian Jones to Derek Jarman.
See my mini review.
Science of Love: The Wisdom of Well-Being
Thomas Jay Oord
Templeton Foundation Press
Just published, this is a study of the varied dimensions of love, illuminating the love-science symbiosis for both scholars and general readers. Oord approaches his subject from a process-philosophical/theological perspective.
Thomas Jay Oord is a highly respected process scholar and theologian with a special interest in the interface of science and religion.
For more information and ordering details see the Templeton Foundation Press website. (08/04)
After Whitehead: Rescher on Process Metaphysics
The goal of the present volume is to systematically unfold the vices and virtues of Process Metaphysics, and thereby to specify the contemporary state of affairs in process thought. To do so, the editor has gathered one focused contribution per chapter, each paper addressing specifically and explicitly its assigned chapter and seeking to promote a dialogue with Rescher. In addition, the volume features Rescher's replies to the papers.
For further information and ordering details go to Ontos Verlag (07/04).
A quick break from the normal sort of thing found here. Nicholas Pegg has produced the definitive (and fully updated) guide to David Bowie. Incredibly well researched, this is a fascinating and informative book covering every aspect of Bowie's work from the music and films, through to stage performances and the internet. It's also incredibly insightful: just check out the description to the leaked 'Leon Tapes' where Pegg rightly compares Bowie's approach to the permutational works of Brion Gysin. Equally good on the more familiar material as well, this is intelligent and comprehensive. I'm not usually much of a fan of music books, but this stands out and the sharpness of analysis makes this pretty much an essential companion work for anyone with a decent slice of Bowie in their collection.
Available from the usual outlets. You can also check out the publisher website (05/04)
Daniel Athearn is well known in process philosophy circles, and here argues that physics is destined to enter a new era marked by an enlarged conception of physical knowledge. This is not a matter of future discoveries, but has to do with how scientific thought responds over time to what is known today. In the new era a genuinely explanatory dimension is restored to physical science which in the current era of thought is quietly abandoned as archaic.
The current view is that for a certain class of phenomena, physical explanations in the sense of descriptions of underlying causal processes are no longer possible. It is assumed that the general demise of classical materialistic causal models (such as the theory of ether as an all-pervading material medium of light propagation) consigns this kind of theorizing to history. Athearn accepts the breakdown of classical causal models, but not the inference that causal explanation itself is outmoded. Instead, he claims that the demise of classical assumptions opens the door on a prospect of thorough causal-physical intelligibility such as was never foreseeable within the classical worldview.
Written with the inquisitive and critically- minded layperson in mind, the book describes findings across the major facets of contemporary physics as all pointing to the same conclusion about the nature of physical reality.
To purchase or download an extract go to Universal Publishers. (01/04)
This stunning monograph on the art of Brion Gysin is lavishly illustrated with almost 200 colour reproductions of his art. Gysin of course is best known for his collaborations with William Burroughs and for the invention of the dreamachine. Rarely though has his art been so extensively brought to attention, from early surrealist work to his later calligraphic and op art presentations. Gysin wrote that literature is 50 years behind painting when he introduced the cut-up to the world. And now at last the world of art is catching up with Brion Gysin.
The accompanying texts include contributions by Gregory Corso, Felicity Mason, William Burroughs, and John Geiger. A wealth of material for fans of dreamachines and permutations as well.
Recommended? Definitely. Buy this book! (12/03)
Whitehead claimed that "to sustain a civilization with the intensity of its first ardour requires more than learning. Adventure is essential, namely, the search for new perfections". This "search for new contrasts" between philosophy and psychology is the first publication of the Whitehead Psychology Nexus. It is dedicated to the cross-examination of Alfred North Whitehead's "organic" or "process" philosophy and the various facets of contemporary psychological research and debate. The editors have gathered two types of provocative communications by prominent international scholars: on the one hand, discussions of the present state of affairs in psychology; and, on the other hand, critical studies of the relevance of the imaginative generalizations of Whitehead for psychology and/or of the impact of contemporary psychology on Whitehead's system of thought.
A. N. Whitehead's extensive and impressive philosophical work planted seeds that came into harvest only decades after his death and sometimes even in fields that he himself did not extensively cultivate. The philosophy of the mental sciences (broadly construed) is an example of this. As this collection demonstrates in impressive detail, Whiteheadian ideas and theories can be pressed into useful service to advance our understanding of a wide variety of uses in this area. The twenty papers that comprise this volume deal in this way with a wide variety of issues in neurophysiology, psychology,
psychotherapy, and the philosophy of mind. All of them are of a high level of insight and interest and they come here to give a striking demonstration of the scope and fertility of Whiteheadian ideas throughout this wide spectrum of important issues. In reading this book, students of Whitehead will be fascinated by those applications of his thought and practitioners of the mental sciences will be impressed by the relevance and fertility of the work of this great twentieth century philosopher.
Nicholas Rescher, Professor of Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh
F. Riffert, M. Weber, J. Cobb, J. Brown, P. Farleigh, D. Galin and many others.
The Editors: Franz G. Riffert and Michel Weber co-ordinate the Whitehead Psychology Nexus. For further details, see www.isp.ucl.ac.be/staff/weber (11/03)
PART I: OVERVIEWS
1. Introduction: On the Interface of Analytic and Process Philosophy / George W. Shields
2. The Promise of Process Philosophy/ Nicholas Rescher
3. Whitehead and Wittgenstein/ George R. Lucas Jr.
PART II: PROCESS PHILOSOPHY AND ISSUES IN ANALYTIC METAPHYSICS
4. Disanalogies Between Space and Time/ Richard M. Gale
5. Relational Particulars and Whitehead's Metaphysics/ John W. Lango
6. Whitehead and the Analysis of the Propositional Function/ James Bradley
7. Quine and Whitehead/ Leemon McHenry
8. Response to Leemon McHenry/ W. V. O. Quine
9. De Re Modality and the Ontological Argument/ George L. Goodwin
10. The Second Epistemic Way/ Billy Joe Lucas
11. The Logic of Future Contingents/ George W. Shields and Donald W. Viney
More info from SUNY.
This is an extraordinary and important book about one of the key artists of our times. The contributors provide both historical background and extensive analysis. The central text, by Julie Wilson, delves deep into the psyche of the artist and explores the reasons behind the life-work of Genesis P-Orridge. Paul Cecil provides a process-metaphysical take on 'art as agent', while Douglas Rushkoff, Carl Abrahamsson and others examine P-Orridge's mail-art, music and performance. 10/02
A rare and extreme opportunity to read the extraordinary method, theory and insight into the genius of Genesis P-Orridge. - Karen Finley, performance artist/writer
Out now. To order in the UK go to Amazon UK.
To order in the USA go to Amazon US.
"Absolutely, unequivocally wonderful histoire. Fascinating. If I had a Dream Machine now I'd just sit all day with closed or open eyes in front of it." Leila Hadley
"For the first time, out of a kaleidoscopic cyclone, a blizzard of revolutionary scientific information and ultra-visionary creation, John Geiger has cut-up and exposed the last remaining and most significant creative and conceptual exploration of consciousness." Genesis P-Orridge
Having now had the chance to read this, I'm happy to report that this is essential reading for anyone interested in the Dreamachine. John Geiger has produced a wonderfully enjoyable excursion through 'flicker', with much new information. (Paul)
Further information received from the publishers, June 2003:
In Painting the Mental Continuum: Perception and Meaning in the Making, philosopher, artist and architect Herb Greene presents a powerful new analysis of cognitive and creative processes. Basing his ideas on the writings of Alfred North Whitehead, and the work of contemporary scientists such as George Lakoff, Mark Johnson, Antonio Damasio and Edward O. Wilson, Greene explores how we derive meaning, emotion and impact from works of art, and, by extension, from the world around us.
Greene's work represents a groundbreaking exploration of Whitehead's ideas on perception and visual interpretation, demonstrating how recent discoveries in the fields of neurobiology confirm the validity of Whitehead's insights. Bridging the gap between esthetic theory and the enjoyment of art, it includes a careful analysis of more than seventy paintings and photographs, reproduced in full color, including ten by Jan Vermeer. Painting the Mental Continuum embraces a wealth of fresh insights that will guide readers, specialist and non-specialist alike, as they explore the intersection of art, philosophy, and cognitive science.
Herb Greene is Professor Emeritus, University of Kentucky, and the author of Building to Last: Architecture as Ongoing Art and Mind and Image: An Essay on Art and Architecture.
"[Whitehead's] followers have believed that his work can illuminate artistic creation and appreciation, yet the use of Whitehead's thought in the interpretation of art has been quite limited. In Painting the Mental Continuum, Herb Greene steps into this void and fills it brilliantly."
- John B. Cobb, Jr., Co-Founder, Center for Process Studies
Dorothy Emmet, Notes on Whitehead's Harvard Lectures, 1928-29
Edited by James Bradley, Stephen Gardner, Helmut Maaßen and Peter Norman
Alfred North Whitehead, The Analysis of Process [unpublished manuscript]
Edited by Helmut Maaßen
Book Reviews, by Helmut Maaßen and Michel Weber (06/03)
Harald Atmanspacher, Transitive States and Mental / Cognitive Instabilities
Ramón del Castillo, The Glass Prison: Emerson's and James's religion of the individual
Sergio Franzese, Is religious experience the experience of something?
'Truth', belief and 'overbelief' in James's VRE
Mathias Girel, Laws of nature in James and 1900 French Philosophy
Felicitas Kraemer, The 'Gauntlet of Hypotheses' in William James's VRE
Jaime Nubiola & Isazkun Martínez, Unamuno's Reading of The Varieties and its context
Majeda Omar, Science as a Religious Experience:The James-Kuhn Perspective
Michel Weber, James' Mystical Body (06/03)
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