> For the people living in, let's say 1700, the idea of "physical
> reality" was different from ours: for instance - to do two examples
> - it did neither comprehend the small dimension (bacteria, viruses,
> microorganisms and so on) nor the outer space.
ahah! yeah, of course, they couldn't "see" them. which reminds me of
Paul Virilio, Zygmunt Bauman, Kevin Robins, the myth of the frontier
and a number of early thinkers of info viz: "seeing" is necessary to
"knowing." The lack of visibility is an instance of the unknown, and
therefore, is a considerable source of fear and anxiety. I believe
Bauman mentions Febvre observing what it was like to live in the city
pre-street lights: you couldn't see the end of the street, meaning
that a lot of mysterious and dangerous things could happen to you.
> Il giorno 25/gen/2010, alle ore 12.17, firstname.lastname@example.org ha scritto:
> simulation don't imitate the appearence of reality but by
> recomposing phenomena's acts like the reality. So we can say that we
> are in front of a new type of artifice, that changes the whole
> conception representation.
going back to Colette, if seeing is knowledge, then it makes sense to
"recompose phenomena's acts like the reality" . in some cases
discussed so far, this "reality" is extracted from data or thanks to
software, but it still "acts" as reality.
also, I pasted below a paragraph from Avi's post that fascinated me
and which I find quite pertinent to this section of the discussion.
Seeing as knowledge as domination and control.
On Feb 2, 2010, at 1:15 AM, Avi Rosen wrote:
> The gene
> contained a Morse- encoded verse from the biblical Book of Genesis.
> verse reads: "Let man have dominion over the fish of the sea, and
> over the
> fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the
> This verse implies humanity's domination over nature. Morse code
> the dawn of the information age - the genesis of global time and space
> compression. The Genesis gene was incorporated into bacteria, which
> shown in the gallery. Web surfers could control ultraviolet
> illumination in
> the gallery, causing biological mutations in the bacteria containing
> Genesis verse.
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