Life Is Not The Same Thing As Talking

Mouth Love III, Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 20 cm’s x 2, EC 2012

 

 

 

You see that by still preserving this “like” (comme), I am staying within the bounds of what I put forward when I say that the unconscious is structured like a language. I say ‘like’ so as not to say – and I come back to this all the time – that the unconscious is structured by a language. – Lacan’s Purloined Linguistics Lalangue and Languages in Encore by Adrian Johnston

Freud describes a dream as a certain knot, an associative network of analysed verbal forms that intersect as such, not because of what they signify, but thanks to a sort of homonymy. It is when you come across a single word at the intersection of three of the ideas that come to the subject that you notice that the important thing is that word and not something else. It is when you have found the word that concentrates around it the greatest number of threads in the mycellum that you know it is the hidden centre of gravity of the desire in question. That, in a word, is the point I was talking about just now, the nodal point where discourse forms a hole. – Lacan, My Teaching, p.28 (translated by David Macey, London:Verso, 2008)

 

 

 

Untitled (Mouth Love), Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 40cm’s, two panels, EC 2012

 

 

 

Homonymy:

It is when you come across a single word at the intersection of three of the ideas that come to the subject that you notice that the important thing is that word and not something else. It is when you have found the word that concentrates around it the greatest number of threads in the mycellum that you know it is the hidden centre of gravity of the desire in question. That, in a word, is the point I was talking about just now, the nodal point where discourse forms a hole. – Lacan, My Teaching, p.28 (translated by David Macey, London:Verso, 2008)

The effort to deny the reality of immediate experience is, indeed, only the philosophical symptom of that disease which is apt to attack tired men and tired societies, a fear of life which shows itself in the substitution of pictures for realities, of symbol for substance, of the mimic warfare of words for the struggle of life itself. We cannot describe immediate experience because to describe it is to express and understand it. But we can understand why it is indescribable.
– John Macmurray, ‘Interpreting The Universe’

http://johnmacmurray.org/essays/

 
Untitled (STRADDLE II), Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 20cm’s, EC 2012

 

 

‘Reason is primarily an affair of emotion, and the rationality of thought is the derivative and secondary one.’ – John Macmurray

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