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The best Kindle A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia the best work Gilles Deleuze 1925 1995 was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris VIII He is a key figure in poststructuralism, and one of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century Felix Guattari 1930 1992 was a psychoanalyst at the la Borde Clinic, as well as being a major social theorist and radical activist A Thousand Plateaus is part of Deleuze anGilles Deleuze 1925 1995 was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris VIII He is a key figure in poststructuralism, and one of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century Felix Guattari 1930 1992 was a psychoanalyst at the la Borde Clinic, as well as being a major social theorist and radical activist A Thousand Plateaus is part of Deleuze and Guattari s landmark philosophical project, Capitalism and Schizophrenia a project that still sets the terms of contemporary philosophical debate A Thousand Plateaus provides a compelling analysis of social phenomena and offers fresh alternatives for thinking about philosophy and culture Its radical perspective provides a toolbox for nomadic thought and has had a galvanizing influence on today s anti capitalist movement.Translated by Brian Massumi. Popular Kindle A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia Plateaus is required reading for Assange fans and enemies, as well as those who don't give a fig but carry a Master or Visa card or just have a particular bent for Continental theory. According to Deleuze and Guattari Western thought is dominated by a structure of knowledge they call aboresence. This way of knowing is tree-like, vertical, and centralized. For instance, in biology, we have Linnean taxonomies. In chemistry, we have Porphyrian trees. In linguistics we have Chomskyan sentence trees. Did they say Western? In China we have centralized, hierarchical government and Internet censorship.Such trees show up worldwide, not only in the fields of biology, botany, linguistics, and anatomy, but also in philosophy, where we find metaphysical trees, theological trees, gnostic trees, The World Tree . . .Such trees are hierarchical, imposing limited and regulated connections between their components. All such trees spread out like many branches stemming from a single trunk--each radiating out from an original oneness or unity. And don't forget Plato, who stands as the central trunk in Western thought--or his Ideal Forms: Doberman pinschers, German shepherds, collies, and poodles are all material manifestations of an immaterial Essence--an Ideal Form of what Plato might call Dogginess. Dogginess is the single Platonic Origin--the Trunk--of the tree of dogs. Opposed to the vertical, tree-like structure of knowledge, Deleuze and Guattari proclaim a rhizomatic, radically horizontal, crabgrass-like way of knowing. Crabgrass, for instance, is a plant. But instead of having one central root, a rhizome (such as crabgrass or the Internet) has zillions of roots, none of which is central--and each offshoot interconnects in random, unregulated networks in which any node can interconnect with any other node. Whereas the tree seeks to establish itself and say "I am," the rhizome is always rearranging interconnections, providing lines of flight, ranging nomadically across the vast plateau of "and, and, and. . ."Thus the tree is concerned with origins, foundations, ontologies, beginnings and endings--with roots. The rhizome is concerned with surface connections, lines of flight, with escape hatch of "and, and, and . . . ." Every person on every dating site has swallowed infotopian-ism to some degree. Being presented with so many options, however, while exponentially increasing the volume of proposals, innuendos, flirtations, micro-seductions, endearments, and possibilities, proportionately diminishes true presence, commitment, acceptance, trust, and actuality. For D & G, Kafka's work is rhizomatic. One might expect a novel named The Trial to have something to do with the law. But Deleuze and G. find that Justice in the novel is not legal but erotic, for the process of justice is really a process of desiring. Thus, Kafka's protagonist, K., encounters obscene drawings in the courthouse; an attorney equates being accused with being attractive; a series of suggestive encounters with sex, antifamilial women; and a painting of Justice as winged, and evasive. K., lost in the rhizomatic, nomadic and, and, and, of the judicial process, ever desiring Justice, never reaching Justice. "She" is never psesent, but always one room away from K., in the rhizomatic, rat tunnel of the courthouse with its crazy corridors and perversely connected passageways through which K. is led by eroticized women. Thus, Justice, like the courthouse and desire, is rhizomatic, never reaching conclusion. We see how this plays out in the Assange case.The Internet, like a rhizome, is non-hierarchical, horizontal. Its nodes intersect in random, unregulated networks in which any node can interconnect with any other node. D & G's notions of rhizome and nomadics inform much of the thought of the loose confederation of info-activists of which Assange is but one nomadic node -- to mix metaphors. Plateaus lays out the underlying grammar of our postmodern info-wars, which, as the example below shows, are all about power. If info-activists have a Bible, Deleuzean theory may be it, which many of these activists have swallowed hook-line and sinker as prescriptive rather than as descriptive of postmodern realities. Notice, in the example quoted below, the heterotopian vision coming from an avowed member of a loose confederation of thinkers who claim to have disavowed metanarratives. One must not forget, however, that although rhizomes are a trend, trees are not obsolete. The human nervous system is one such tree, with a hierarchy. You can chop off a foot. If the human nervous system operated like a rhizome, it would be operating without a brain. Deleuze committed suicide by jumping from atop a tall, vertical structure--a building. We will someday see if Assange has been flirting with a legal system that is rhizomatic or vertical. So far he is following in K's footsteps--to a t. A central theme of Deleuzean anti-centrists is the deconstruction of the Oedipal myth, which involves exploding the central image of the problematic father into many: thus distributing anti-authoritarian ire towards an array of other targets. For instance, in Kafka's "Letter to His Father," he inflates his father to laughably absurd, dreamlike dimensions, until his father's singular Fatherness ballons so huge that it pops--exploding into a vast rhizomatic network of father-like social connections represented by judges, commissioners, bureaucrats. Feel familiar?The following is an example of the info-topian mind-set, of strictly orthodox rhizomism, in which the infotopian author hearalds a major victory in the ifo-wars:"Patrick Lichty on December 11, 2010 2:39 pm Digital Anarchy and Wikileaks. Or, Skynet doesn’t look anything like we thought it did. "This is the first time I’ve posted in a while, but I think we’re in significant times. Assange and the whole Wikileaks phenomenon is so important that it needs a little theory. "To recap for those who have been unaware of the news, Wikileaks is an online Wikipedia-like database that “whistle-blows” against governmental/corporate wrongdoing by releasing controlled/classified documents. As of December 2010 they have been releasing huge numbers of cables relating to US foreign policy, which has the First World, especially the US State Department in a panic. Why? Because the leaks show the US in any number of gaffes, like calling Russia a “mafia state”, disclosing precarious mentions of Middle Eastern leaders. In addition, other undisclosed information, such as revealing transfers of weapons technology from North Korea to Iran, US drug companies targeting African politicians, and so on. This disclosure has sent the First World into diplomatic chaos, with geopolitical politics reconfiguring itself like a planet-sized Rubik’s Cube. "First World power has been bitten by its own child, or its own emergent system as typified in popular science fiction franchises, like the Matrix and Terminator. Infopower has begun to become autonomous of its material (atomic) roots. Instead of the robots, it is merely the infosphere that is asserting itself. In The Porcelain Workshop, Antonio Negri asserts that one of the three major shifts into the postmodern is the primacy of informatics/cognitive capital as central to the new order. As such, it is focusing of society on this flow of capital which has relocated the foundations of power in the new millennium. "The Internet was conceived by the US military (DARPA) as a decentralized network for the sharing and redundant storage of information in multiple locations in case of nuclear attack. In such a case, one node can be destroyed, and the network can still function despite their loss. It is for this reason that I believe that material/conventional power should be termed as “atomic”, as nuclear weapons are the ultimate extension of the nation-state, and as metaphor for material society, we can also double that this power situates in the world of atoms. However, this extension of conventional/”atomic” power has grown into a concurrent, distributed, heterogenous field of power that I will call the Infostate, that includes the Web, E-mail, and all functions of networked communications. Although the functionaries of conventional power have restructured themselves in terms of the informational milieu, the latter is not necessarily congruent with the former. The Internet spans most physical states, yet resides in no single one. "Despite this, there are zones which the nation state has tried to territorialize and limit the flow of cognitive capital, such as Turkey and China, but the firewalls remain porous and slippery. This deterritiorialization of the Infostate creates an asymmetrical power relation which, due to its amorphous nature, is problematic for the conventional nation-state to engage. Conventional power requires a face upon which to focus fear and hatred upon, such as Saddam Hussein or Osama bin Laden. Infopower is mercuric and morphogenic, and when confronted by the centralized, hierarchical nature of conventional power, it merely splits, morphs or replicates, sidestepping the metaphorical “army & general”. This relationship signals the new balance of power between the nation-state and the Infostate as Krokerian Panic dialectic, in which the ability of the one to relate in terms of the other implodes. "With the bleeding of information from the material to the infomatic rhizome through Wikileaks (i.e. the US diplomatic cable leaks), the Infostate has created an asymmetrical insurgency against conventional power. Negri’s conception of cognitive capital as locus of power asymmetrically challenges that of material capital. This is analogous to previous mention of events as told in the movie, The Matrix, and the artificial (informatic) being overriding/supercedes embodied conventional power. As Deleuze, then Agamben assert that power is the separation of the subject from potentiality, and as such mitigates dissent, the nation-state is trying to exert power by separating the means of support and the figurehead from Wikileaks, but distributed, asymmetrical cyberwarfare by the net.community has already disrupted banks, credit, and networked sites. It has even awakened the amorphous hacker subculture of “Anonymous” which was last known for its mass protests against the Church of Scientology to rise against the opponents of Wikileaks. The Net, as child of the military (conventional power) has begun to turn on its masters, with expected reflexive responses. "This knee-jerk reaction of the nation-state to asymmetrical power versus conventional power became evident in the case of 2001, where decentralized “cellular” physical social networks circumvented centralized power. Although the previous statement says decentralized physical power, this is merely an intermediary step to the development of asymmetrical distributed infopower. The centralized, hierarchical nature of the material corporate nation-state has been unable to contain the decentralized flow of cellular power, which has become infopower, created by the emergency of distributed networks. This is seen as we look again at Matrix Reloaded, where in, as in The Matrix Trilogy, the informatic body/state (Agent Smith) reacts to the intervention of conventional human power (Neo, or “The One”) by asymmetry in massively replicating Wikileaks sites (“The Many”). Conventional power now has a cloud of moving, replicating targets rather than one to aim at. "The First World then reacts to being challenged by expediting material/physical diplomacy that would take months, days, or weeks by arresting Assange and possibly for extraditing him to the United States, his locus of challenge. But although the “head”, (the object of leverage of conventional power) is in custody, the “body” of Wikileaks and the rest of its “computational cloud of dissent” stated on December 7th (incidentally, the day of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor), that it will continue to release information through the WikiLeaks network. Like the anthropomorphization of centralizing identity/placing a single “face” on challenges to hegemony (as in the Queens of the movies Aliens and The Borg in Star Trek), the true face of asymmetry is that of facelessness and morphogenic dissent. It is like trying to hold mercury, because as the Critical Art Ensemble states, decentralized dissent can only be addressed through decentralized means, and this is not the structure of conventional power. "In Electronic Civil Disobedience, The Critical Art Ensemble also states that in the age of informatic power, physical resistance is severely limited in its potential for effect, if not useless, as the physical protester is corralled or elided entirely by authority. The real interventionists, CAE states, are the 20-something year-old hackers who punch through the firewalls and reroute flows of information, creating irruptions of redirection, disruption, and detournement of infocapital at will. The case of Ricardo Dominguez and the Electronic Disturbance Theatre’s virtual sit-in against the University of California was a relatively benign case of the disruption of data as political act. But the intervention in infocapital is explicated on a larger scale by Chinese governbmental hackers’ compromise of Google (as revealed by Wikileaks), as well as the infiltration of an Iranian reactor by hakers. All of these illustrate Negri’s idea that postmodern power/capital has shifted to that of the informatics and cognitive fields, and signal a primary shift of the balance power in the First World, if not globally. "In light of this redistribution of power, what would the solution for converntional/”atomic” power’s reassertion of hegemony? This would be to contain the rise of informatic power by containing its means of distribution. This would be by the means of national firewalling, and trunk-line disconnection or limited Internet disabling, disrupting infopower, but also crippling the flow of digitized material capital as well. This is problematic at best, as conventional power and informatic power are in symbiotic, the latter being more nimble and a step ahead of the former, and to attack a symbiote always means to cripple its partner as well. The logical result of such actions would be the elimination of net neutrality (the free and open flow of data across the Internet) or even the severance of typologies and flows of information across the networks. The symbiotic effect is that conventional power/capital is also hobbled, as the physical is dependent on the same flows of information across the distributed nets, disabling itself in the process. It is for this reason that it cannot engage in this means of retaliation, as it would be the digital suicide of the First World nation-state. "This is the brilliance of Wikileaks – its use of infrastructure upon which conventional power relies as site of anarchic resistance proves the potentiality of infomatic power rendering conventional power impotent. In this case, bits trump atoms in the milieu of the Net. As nuclear detente created an “aesthetics of uselessness” in the ridiculously high numbers of times the world’s nuclear stockpiles could destroy the Earth, this potential reduction of the “atomic/atomic” to aesthetic nullity arises as the Infostate merely shuts down the control systems of the bunker. I nation of nuclear gophers, lifeless in their burrows. "Power is reconfiguring in light of informational vs. conventional power, and this is why the rise of Wikileaks is significant, and why the geopolitical panic-site it creates is a singular event. It suggests that decentralized power renders hierarchical conventional power impotent, signaling the beginning of the 21st Century paradigm. In The Coming Insurrection, the French anarchist group, The Invisible Committee, posits a Communo-Anarchic insurgency to overthrow the conventional nation-state. What would replace it is the creation of a cybernetic proto-industrial model of networked communes with high tech microproduction that would be established during and after a mass armed insurrection. There is another view on this. The insurrection, as CAE states, will not be with guns, but with bytes. This is in line with Negri’s assertion that capital in the postmodern has shifted to information/cognitive capital, and that conventional power merely marginalizes material (atomic) dissent. The real theatre of engagement is the infosphere, and Wikileaks has realized info-insurgency as real power first world/digital society has become informatic. Anarchy in its most powerful form is now in the disruption and release of data withheld by the nation-state."(end of long quote)"""So, does the future go to the oaks or the crabgrass? You can find the answer just by gazing up at the clouds. The lizard part of your brain will instantly begin searching for--and finding--familiar forms within those billowing canvasses. It's the same centric anxiety reflex that causes humans to look for leaders: lizards do push ups for the same reason guys do, to show they are the alpha iguana. Iguana babes may rally around such ass-kicking males, who in turn may be no match for a virus. Centrism and rhizome-ism are both embedded in nature. It's their interplay that helps drive evolution--and thickens the plot.
A Thousand Plateaus A Thousand Plateaus Capitalism and Schizophrenia Gilles A Thousand Plateaus continues the work Gilles Deleuze and Flix Guattari began in Anti Oedipus and has now become established as one of the classic studies of the development of critical theory in the late twentieth century It occupies an important place at the center of the debate reassessing the works of Freud and Marx, advancing an approach that is neither Freudian nor Marxist but which learns from A Thousand Plateaus Capitalism and Schizophrenia by A Thousand Plateaus begins the process of ungluing these manichean oppositions but doesn t quite undo the latent hierarchies A Thousand Platea You d be forgiven for walking away from Anti Oedipus thinking that deterritorialization is positive and liberatory force, and the circumscription of reterritorialization, reactionary and oppressive. Deleuze, Guattari A Thousand Plateaus Libcom A thousand plateaus capitalism and schizophrenia Gilles Deleuze, Felix Guattari translation and foreword by Brian Massumi p cm Translation of Mille plateaux, v of Capitalisme et schizophrenic A companion volume to Anti Oedipus capitalism and schizophrenia Bibliography p Includes index ISBN ISBN pbk . A Thousand Plateaus University of Minnesota Press A Thousand Plateaus is an essential text for feminists, literary theorists, social scientists, philosophers, and others interested in the problems of contemporary Western culture Full of brilliant insights, this series of brief, seemingly random essays on hot topics war and death, territoriality and the anthropology of groups, model theory, and psychosis provides much material for thought. A Thousand Plateaus Art Space Chengdu, China Address A Thousand Plateaus Art Space Search COVID Update To limit the spread of the coronavirus, attractions may be closed or have partial closures Please consult government travel advisories before booking More information can be found here A Thousand Plateaus Art Space Deleuze and Guattari s A Thousand Plateaus Dec , A Thousand Plateaus is the engaging and influential second part of Capitalism and Schizophrenia, the remarkable collaborative project written by the philosopher Gilles Deleuze and the psychoanalyst Flix Guattari This hugely important text is a work of staggering complexity that made a major contribution to contemporary Continental philosophy, yet remains distinctly challenging

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    Deleuze is a key figure in postmodern French philosophy Considering himself an empiricist and a vitalist, his body of work, which rests upon concepts such as multiplicity, constructivism, difference and desire, stands at a substantial remove from the main traditions of 20th century Continental thought His thought locates him as an influential figure in present day considerations of society, creativity and subjectivity Notably, within his metaphysics he favored a Spinozian concept of a plane of immanence with everything a mode of one substance, and thus on the same level of existence He argued, then, that there is no good and evil, but rather only relationships which are beneficial or harmful to the particular individuals This ethics influences his approach to society and politics, especially as he was so politically active in struggles for rights and freedoms Later in his career he wrote some of the infamous texts of the period, in particular, Anti Oedipus and A Thousand Plateaus These texts are collaborative works with the radical psychoanalyst F lix Guattari, and they exhibit Deleuze s social and political commitment.Gilles Deleuze began his career with a number of idiosyncratic yet rigorous historical studies of figures outside of the Continental tradition in vogue at the time His first book, Empirisism and Subjectivity, isa study of Hume, interpreted by Deleuze to be a radical subjectivist Deleuze became known for writing about other philosophers with new insights and different readings, interested as he was in liberating philosophical history from the hegemony of one perspective He wrote on Spinoza, Nietzche, Kant, Leibniz and others, including literary authors and works, cinema, and art Deleuze claimed that he did not write about art, literature, or cinema, but, rather, undertook philosophical encounters that led him to new concepts As a constructivist, he was adamant that philosophers are creators, and that each reading of philosophy, or each philosophical encounter, ought to inspire new concepts Additionally, according to Deleuze and his concepts of difference, there is no identity, and in repetition, nothing is ever the same Rather, there is only difference copies are something new, everything is constantly changing, and reality is a becoming, not a being.

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  • Plateaus is required reading for Assange fans and enemies, as well as those who don t give a fig but carry a Master or Visa card or just have a particular bent for Continental theory According to Deleuze and Guattari Western thought is dominated by a structure of knowledge they call aboresence This way of knowing is tree like, vertical, and centralized For instance, in biology, we have Linnean taxonomies In chemistry, we have Porphyrian trees In linguistics we have Chomskyan sentence trees Did t [...]



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  • The most difficult book ever written EVER But it s also liberating as hell Just sit back and enjoy how strange it makes you feel And then how ecstatic, confused, angry, etc all at once But if you re ever climbing and all of a sudden you realize that you re getting it, like, really getting it, then hang on and stay with it because it will probably change your life when you get to the top And that feels pretty groovy Especially when you really have to work for the plateau It ain t easy becoming a [...]


  • Tired of seeing everything from the point of view of the individual Bored of anthropomorphism This might be the book for you This book changed the way I think about thinking Swirls in your pot of boiling water will seem as complex and contingent as hurricanes The migration of humans will look like the crawling of ants Most importantly, though, Deleuze and Guattari show everything as a process of strategic movement through territory, whether it be the formation of layers of sediment or nomads tre [...]


  • The idea Society is a vertically organized enterprise Different concepts are used to attempt to implement a sort of control over others the control of language, and of grammar itself, could be considered a type of imperialism paraphrase, there s no quicker way to implement a sort of control over a group of people than to ensure that they cannot have a voice within a society without adhering to strictly delineated guideline regarding how to write how to speak In response to the vertically oriente [...]


  • This is basically a nonreview like a restless nomad I would read several pages of one section and then find myself completely unable to go on, and then I d move to the next one Same for the next chapter and the next Right from the beginning I knew I had already read too much of this type of writing to have much patience for it Here re the authors justifying the fact that they affixed their names to the books they write Why have we kept our own names Out of habit, purely out of habit To make ours [...]


  • Finally, finally, I have finished this book, I was very definitely punching above my weight trying to read this, but overall I have enjoyed it thoroughly, well perhaps not enjoyed the actual reading of it, but this book has provided such a vast resource of ideas for me, I don t regret a single one of the many months that it has taken me to read through this, this is a huge personal achievement for me, now that I have read this I feel like I could read anything.For the most of this book the subje [...]


  • I ve finally finished this difficult, confusing, brilliant book I ve been reading it for years off and on a chapter here, a chapter there And a warning about that in the beginning of this book, the authors claim that you can read the book like a record player, reading a chapter here and a chapter there, but that really isn t true The book rhymes, sure, but it also builds concepts and ideas, starting from some basic premises and building up to some pretty in depth case studies It s really worth r [...]


  • this book has no ending, or beginning for that matterfinitely provocative but nearly impossible to readesupposes familiarity with a vast array of recondite materials, from a number of different disciplines than most students could be expected to weed through in a lifetime.


  • I am torn on this review and rating On the one hand I recognize this as one of the quintessential post modern tomes up there with Lyotard s Postmodern Condition or Foucault s The Archaeology of Knowledge but on the other hand, the quixotic hubris in this text is almost overbearing It really depends on how I am looking at the purpose of the writing If i try to look at it like a true philosophical text with intended insight and description, it falls completely flat It truly is the inane charting o [...]


  • Any book of philosophy that features a chapter in which a geologist named Challenger no less undergoes a metamorphosis while delivering a lecture is pretty good What takes it to the next level is what Challenger the geologist turns into a lobster This book has it all from Deleuze and Guattari wolf packs, war machines, nomadologies, becomings animal, rhizomes, the differences between the games of Go and Chess, and plenty of rips on Freud and psychoanalysis My favorite chapters were the introducti [...]


  • I actually have read this book I have a vague idea of what its about, but I cannot claim to understand all of it That in no way detracted from sheer reading pleasure.Some of their ideas such as rhizomatic thinking and the body without organs are so beautiful you can stand and stare at them for hours As for some of the other ideas, i have no clue what they re talking about.They suggest that you read their book like listening to a concert They also suggest that the book s chapters are plateaus, an [...]


  • Fucking wow I read Deleuze for the first time when my sopho year of college, and found him impenetrable and obnoxious, but now, after falling in love with some people inspired by Deleuze Edward Soja, Antonio Negri, etc , I m back on the bandwagon Not only does it provide a phenomenal perspective on the world that will help any student of literature, psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science, art, etc but also is extremely good at curing internal fascist malaise Lovely


  • The second part of Deleuze and Guattari s two volume mind boggling and yet a playful critique of capitalism is full of insights and useful ideas They do manage to take the language of critical theory forward from Lacan, Derrida and Foucault One of the most intersting and useful metaphor is the metaphor of rhizome used instead of hierarchic logic of the metaphor of tree One of the most important philosophical treatise of this post modern era.


  • For some reason no one seems interested in my reality TV series DIY Philosophy It s so full of action and suspense I can t understand why no one will pick it up.Epidsode 1 I brew a pot of hazelnut coffee, feed the cats, sit down at my dining room table, place Deleuze and Guattari s 1000 Plateaus on my lap, pissing off the resident velociraptor who gives me that you re such a loser when can i eat you look.Episode 2 I begin reading I furrow my brow, sip coffee, continue reading As soon as the loca [...]


  • This is my second time reading this book, maybe 15 years later I see how what others have said about Deleuze and Guattari to be true that they are Kantian phenomenologists, post Marxists, and so on This book is an art work in that they are able through partial abstraction, subordinate a new set of class categorizational structure for how we should consider various kinds of relations They outline only the barest minimum while showing that these kinds of relations are beings in themselves created [...]


  • I like Deleuze A lot I think, insofar as this is meaningful to say, he is right But I don t know that he is a good writer He tends to get off task, run off on these giant tangents that are sometimes charming, but, as this VERY LONG book progresses, get increasingly tedious and less productive The becoming woman discussion is a case in point for me Deleuze spends time trying to convince us that he has no intention of insulting transvestites and their accomplishments than he does actually descri [...]


  • Once again, Deleuze and Guattari give me words to outline the processes and flows of my own thought.I am constantly in a process of deterritorialization, attempting to break free of the systems and stagnations.I am a nomad of thought, of the heart, for thinking is being on the way, becoming.All is interconnected in flowing over, through and across.All lines must work out their motion before they can be detangled from the real This book is an organ on the way to the complete decoding and detracin [...]


  • This is mind blowing I don t think I totally understand everything but reading it and imagining what it means is a revelation It seems to promote a consciousness of the world that is devoid of hierarchy and shatters fundamental categories I decided to read this intermittently so far I finished chapter 5.


  • i loved reading this it was exciting and confrontational and challenged the primacy of psychoanalysis and all sorts of other 20th century givens to say that i READ the book is a lie i read about 50 100 pages of it the section dealing with the Body without Organs, a plane of being that we all strive towards and plan of reading further into it.


  • Having by now most likely repeatedly revisited every section of _A thousand plateaus_ in numerous editions french, pt Portugal, pt France, spanish, english , I still mark this as read with significant trepidation I did move from an endless loop of rereading it out of order, as someone studies a holy book You can easily lose two or three years with this Worth it, ultimately.



  • Plateaus is required reading for Assange fans and enemies, as well as those who don t give a fig but carry a Master or Visa card or just have a particular bent for Continental theory According to Deleuze and Guattari Western thought is dominated by a structure of knowledge they call aboresence This way of knowing is tree like, vertical, and centralized For instance, in biology, we have Linnean taxonomies In chemistry, we have Porphyrian trees In linguistics we have Chomskyan sentence trees Did t [...]


  • Someone who enjoyed this book a great deal highly recommended also reading A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History by Manuel De Landa, saying that this book was a easily digested view of what Deleuze Guattari are talking about I never read it, but kept the book in mind.This is probably the most difficult book I ever attempted to read I read it for a class in grad school, for a degree in Digital Art New Media The approach the professor used for this, was that teams of 2 people would attempt to sum [...]


  • I m not even going to pretend that I understood half of what D G were trying to get at here, nor am I going to weigh in on whether or not their ideas are rigorous enough to be regarded as good philosophy There certainly seems to be a system here, of sorts, but it s a system that seems based on an assessment of the conditions that allow for the production of that which cannot be systematized The authors posit a tension between the conventional and the known molar strata , and the unconventional a [...]


  • It was fun, it just wasn t that rigorous in the end What I enjoy about the post structuralists is that their writing is supposed to display implicitly how our language influences what we think, what conclusions or connections we can draw To this end, the two authors have adopted a very unique, idiosyncratic framework which they then apply to psychology, society, human beings, etc arriving at fresh outlooks on a variety of topics Again, it was enjoyable precisely because of the sense of play they [...]


  • So, I have been reading this book for over ten years I open it to a random section, read a few pages, put it down, come back in a few months It s a strange and difficult book.During the weekend I read this The multiple must be made, not by always adding a higher dimension, but rather in the simplest of ways, by dint of sobriety, with the number of dimensions one already has available always n 1 the only way the one belongs to the multiple always subtracted Subtract the unique from the multiplici [...]


  • Anyone who has touched this book will probably attest to its strangeness and difficulty I went through this phase when I was really excited to figure out exactly what the authors had to say I am not sure I ever got there, but I understood a good bit and then let go of it for a while.Sometimes, with intellectual issues, it seems that the question shouldn t have been asked in the first place, or should have been asked differently What s cool about this book is that the authors take full control of [...]


  • The rating system doesn t apply here, because for once it s not a book where I can say I liked it or I did not like it I don t think I ever finished reading all the chapters because beyond dissecting the chapter s required for my then group project, the brainfry was palpable With this book it s a constant state of becoming, me as a reader who simultaneously had finished and is still reading and eschewing its contents It made perfect sense and it made no sense, if you get what I mean I seriously [...]


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