Monday, August 06, 2007

Epiphenomenalism

Just to add there's something telling in the failure of people to understand the importance of unresolved contradiction, in the arts and elsewhere. And the criticisms of epiphenomenalism from the the standpoint of natural selection are almost obscene in their stupidity. We're constantly inventing narrative closure where none exists. It's called wishful thinking, and at its worst it's the definition of kitsch. At its best it's is what we call art. The professionalization of intellectual life and the banal assumptions of utilitarianism mean not that contradictions are overcome, but that they're denied. It's Intellectually corrupt, politically it's bad shit and in general terms it's just stupid.

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