[NetBehaviour] If Coronavirus were Studebaker, wild days on the epidemic frontier

Max Herman maxnmherman at hotmail.com
Tue Mar 17 19:25:06 CET 2020


Oh gosh my irony suspension (leaf-springs) are so rusty!  I meant what you said about control; in most cases it is the worst possible adaptation, to be used with great caution, in emergencies only!  🙂

I like this article from today about how neurons keep a diverse dance going amongst their circles, in the mist so to say:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200312101048.htm

The link has a nicely poetic summation:

"Life is rife with patterns. It's common for living things to create a repeating series of similar features as they grow: think of feathers that vary slightly in length on a bird's wing or shorter and longer petals on a rose."


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I think associating aesthetics with control is really problematic; instead I wd use a model based on catastrophe theory, the 'fragility of good things' and the relation of that to sudden disturbances that produce a sense of novelty, passion, excitement, anything at all, depression, fierceness, lassitude... in other words the opposite; aesthetics is one area that control is unnecessary, otherwise we might all end up with swastikas! :-)

Best, Alan, and thanks! (who used to love Studebaker design btw) and manual window-cranks! forgot those! yes!

On Tue, Mar 17, 2020 at 2:06 PM Max Herman via NetBehaviour <netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org<mailto:netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org>> wrote:

Hi Alan,

I'm also really concerned about what will happen with the C-Ovid-2019 outbreak.  What would happen if everyone started seeing metamorphoses everywhere on the 500th anniversary of Leonardo's passing rather than foundering in oblivious blinders?  It could be one of the greatest gyre-turnings that ever occurred, just like Yeats predicted, each half-century since day 19 a quarter-turn, like a quarenta-day quarantine of learning packed into a small space and time for a small population on a tiny planet.

But if people really are affected by C-Ovid-19 in unpredictable ways the aesthetic results could be unpredictable, and what would aesthetics be without predictability and tight control?  In times of uncertainty we need astronomically tight control, control, control more than ever, since populations only survive by rigidly enforced and centrally planned behavioral conformity and standardization, like the world of plants, or maybe we don't.  Some kinds but not other kinds?  I'm being ironic of course but maybe that's OK to a degree, not staring the great Medusa Quarenta too straight in the face.

Some sources are saying that the impacts of C-Ovid-2019 have already placed some unpredictable metamorphoses in motion a la Eugenio Montale and other improvisational expressivists who branch out using symbolic communications in a Hippocratic fashion that does not amplify the strictly cellular hyper-production of the molecule that causes C-Ovid-2019.  Maybe immunoreactions are a great way for people to get those ancient transportation vehicles back on the road, that still run and have so many fine memories and sounds like oversized fenders, circular grilles, manual window-cranks, and funny AM-only music production entities.

Very best wishes for safe travels and further sightings of dancing cranes,

Max


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