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The Will to Technology & Culture of Nihilism - Arthur Kroker

Insightful, colorful, interesting; a good book. This guy really introduced me to Heidegger and Nietzsche. Fascinating stuff.



On the new eugenics --

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Transgenic determinism? That's the dominant tendency in global cultural  politics. After a long sleep during the interregnum years of the Cold War, the  language of eugenics stirs again: here articulating itself in the vivisectionist  visions of genetic experimentation; there pushed forward by a newly emergent  form of transgenic capitalism intent on coding, classifying, manipulating, and  harvesting the genetic history of humanity, animals, and plants; now working  in the laboratory procedures of stem cell research, clonal propagation, gene  sequencing, organ growing, and tissue replacement; later expressing itself in  the conjunction of bio-sociality and artificial intelligence to produce artificial  life-forms; never acknowledging its historical precedents in the first wave  eugenics of the hygiene movement of the early 20th century or the political  fascism of National Socialism; always masquerading itself in the cloak of a  science of completed genetics.

On an unvealed christianity --

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For Nietzsche, the lasting cultural significance of Christianity has less to  do with its liturgical significance as a particular act of faith, and everything  to do with the fact that under the sign of Christianity a particular order of  values was installed in human flesh. A carrier of a dominant cultural meme,  Christianity was the method of moral eugenics by which a sovereign self was  constructed, representing both an embodiment of the ascetic ideal and a certain  sign of the defeat of the vicissitudes of human flesh. In Nietzsche's judgement,  we are always born at the precipice of defeat. Of course, what Nietzsche could  not foresee it that he himself was also the unwitting agent of the continuation  of the story of the will, that the name of Nietzsche may have been the 'gamble'  by which liturgical flesh of the Christian will could finally be dropped in  order to reveal a future of pure will - the drive to planetary technicity. In  this case, the importance of Nietzsche may be as a point of fatal turning, that  moment when the sacred object of the (Christian) will recedes from view, only  to reveal what has always been the abiding truth of the will to will, that the  humiliated subjects - the 'sovereign individual' - would prefer to will nothingness  rather than not will at all. In this sense, the triumph of the digital nerve  may be, in fact, the real beginning of the age of Christianity, the return of  the sacred object signified by the name of God in the form of a will to nothingness  that is inspiring because of its depthless emptiness, its "aimlessness" as it  sky-drifts across the horizon of social events.

On metal --

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The aesthetics of Digital Dirt finds its real political nemesis in calm technology.  Calm technology simultaneously closes the eye of human perception and opens  human flesh to full passive absorption into the regime of the digital eye. I  follow Lyotard: No to the new grand signifier, No to the new grand ocular policing,  No to calm perception for a calm digital eye; and yes to the Lyotards' thought  that " it's the right moment to render this geometry totally invalid, to hasten  its decay and to invent a topological justice." However, unlike Lyotard and  Duchamp this moment, this right moment, is more difficult because today we do  not have to simply highlight missed chances for incongruities and incommensurables,  but actually have to seize back from the optical regime of the digital eye  the language of art and technology as a "transformation matrix", replete  with strange projections, electronic voids, virtual gateways, digital anamorphoses,--a  "hinged universe" of impossible perspectives and "topological justice" that  desperately requires that its digital future, its ocular future, its electroptical  future, be opened up--excited-- rather than shut down and calmed.

You can find the complete book online, though I suggest that you do not read off of a computer screen, you must know what that does to you, I guess...?

http://ctheory.net/will/index.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gK2Pe1xbPqE - amusing video with the author in. Remember: All Roads Lead to the Disney Bunker!