Monday, October 31, 2022

Involuntary Memory Wanted

“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” The oft quoted Faulkner saw is more perplexing than it may seem. The very notion of “pastness” is a chapter out of relativity theory and in particular space time—which may open up a can of worms or wormholes. The classic timeline which usually takes the form of an old-fashioned wood ruler with gradients hardly does justice to the phenomenon that results from the interplay between modern astrophysics and concepts like procedural or episodic memory. Neuroscience and cosmology make for strange bedfellows but lyric pronunciamentos tend to fly in the wind when you’re on the event horizon of a Black Hole. Recently, The Wall Street Journal ran an article about “temporal disintegration” that has occurred as a result of the pandemic. The delineations of so-called time are more evanescent than perhaps classical historians might like. In addition you have the concept of "involuntary memory," propounded by Henri Bergson, which is the substance of A La Recherche Du Temps Perdu. How do you talk about the past when you’re dealing with phenomenon which to quote the outside artist Henry Darger lies In The Realms of the Unreal?

 read "The Origin of Our Species" by Francis Levy, HuffPost

and listen to "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" by Sylvester

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