Friday, July 07, 2006

Chuckle Boy Bogie Sans Bacall

Q: How many lobsters does it take to change a light bulb?

A: I don't know, but it has something to do with double articulation!


Blogger Dr. Spinoza said...

One of my favorite moments in A Thousand Plateaus is when they say, "God is a lobster."

8:11 PM  
Blogger Dr. Spinoza said...

I should have added that what I like about this thought -- that God is a lobster -- is that it communicates a metaphysics in which God is a part of nature but there is nature outside of and beyond God.

As there is inner nature outside of and beyond the ego.

8:14 PM  
Anonymous Yuseless said...

That's very interesting reaction, Dr. Spinoza.

I have had a more difficult and less enjoyable encounter with this comment of " God is a lobster."

The comment is made, I believe, in the plateau, " The Geology of Morals."

( "GEOLOGY of Morals" - Now is that funny? Har Har!!...Har???)

(A chapter called "GEOLOGY of Morals," illustrated with a black and white photo of a lobster... I'm dying here, ahhaha I'm dying!)

In the discussion of strata in this plateau, they remark:

"Every stratum operates this way: by grasping in its pincers [double articulation] a maximum number of intensities or intensive particles over which it spreads its forms and substances."

It seems to me that in identifying God with the lobster, they are identifying God with the strata, and with the operation of strata.

10:54 PM  
Anonymous Yuese said...

The black and white photograph of the lobster at the beginning of that chapter is actually captioned, " Double articulation."

10:56 PM  

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