• We live in a society

    We live in a society

    I. Easily hidden in plain sight in this one-panel are signs of a moment of transcendence. The comic masterfully portrays the self-important internet “patrician” (or the deluded neckbeard who believes himself to be one). But it only achieves this mastery — this capacity for compression: how many nonwhite pixels does it even have? — by […]

  • Outbound link

    No theory this time; instead some impressive artwork by American Painter Mary Coleman. Atrophy (2019), acrylic on canvas I’m very cavalier about randomly appropriating images for the internet since they’re not at all integral to the purposes of the blog (indeed they’re mostly Twitter clickbait) and since I always expect very low flows of traffic. […]

  • Versions 2: Non nobis solum

    Versions 2: Non nobis solum

    (or: how to check your privilege in the mirror stage) I. (This post starts as a polemic against its direct antecedent, Versions I: Yngwiepocalypse, which is shorter than our usual content and light on technical prerequisites. You should skim it at least). The core technical component of the “Yngwie thesis” was the dereference operator. Had the “Yngwie” thesis […]

  • Versions I: Yngwiepocalypse

    1. The “Yngwie thesis” claims that the agitating element that dominates the dynamics of the crisis is de-signification. We do nothing to establish the validity of such a thesis here; we merely explore its potential ramifications. (Big if true, as the meme says…) (The thesis does not, furthermore, establish the existence of a crisis. One of its distinguishing marks […]

  • (A stylized repeat)

    (A stylized repeat)

      This is a version of a text we’ve previously published in this site as a lo-fi/mood/xen/lounge audio track. To my taste it’s exactly right for small house parties or weekend morning walks in the sun.  

  • Epideictics II: “All true theorems have corollaries”

    Epideictics II: “All true theorems have corollaries”

      CHIEFTAIN — Conan! What is worst in life? CONAN THE BARBARIAN — To help your friends, see them parade in front of you and hear the exultation of their women. In the Aristotelian canon the method of logic is discussed in full continuity with the methods of rhetoric and even aspects of persuasion. In this older […]

  • Epideictics I: the Will of the People

    Epideictics I: the Will of the People

      The new Joker feature film is pretty good! For a children’s movie, anyway. On the surface, the story instantiates once again the grittier-and-grittier conceit of contemporary Hollywood regarding comic-book characters that are often comically simple enough to be comical simpliciter.  Yet: no one believes that “Batman”  stories are real, but everyone’s able to place batmen on a […]

  • Assigned reading

    Assigned reading

    Habitual readers of asemic horizon would do better to spend the time with the new essay by the resurfaced Mencius “Curtis Yarvin” Moldbug titled The Clear Pill, part 1. The editorial note that immediately prefaces it chides us: Partisans of every stripe would do well to prepare themselves to respond to this line of attack—one building strength […]

  • To row

    To row

      (Most of part I is unintelligible without recourse to the near entirely of asemic horizon so far. I’m really sorry. Part II is more readable, but less rich if you’re not hip to the whole stuff.) I. Trad existentialism from Heidegger to Bojack Horseman is axiologically founded on contingency. As described in the theory of interfacticity, this contingency […]

  • die Gefahr

    die Gefahr

      I. We introduced the notion of larger and smaller axiologies in ….Prince Kropotkin  and made it tidy in The Wave, from which (breaking with tradition) I quote: 2.3 An axiology A is larger than an axiology A’ if it contains a theory of the valuable means of producing values in A’. Earlier in Kropotkin this had been motivated […]

  • Jacques’s promise

    Jacques’s promise

    There’s an apocryphal legend that concerns an early astronomer (already in possession of a telescope) who visualized Neptune a century or more before it was even calculated to exist, but recorded it as a distant shooting star. I know this legend to be apocryphal because I just made it up. The clunky metaphor it implies […]

  • Unapology

    Unapology

    Being it that I’m not a being of pure mind it’s not in my Being to be the being that always asks questions. Being it that I’m not a being of pure doubt it’s not in the Being of my being to regret my toes and my soles and elbows and the knots in my […]