Used to scrape off my skin with fingernails and rough fabric. Carved out circles of cheek, jaw, forehead, chin, jaw again.
I was trying to rip the reflection off. I wanted a topsoil of scar tissue, a surface level of red and violent and bleeding through. Raw and bruised.
Am I still angry? Am I still confused? Look at all this sweat and syntax emptied out for you. Another nowhere ocean I knew by heart. Another face buried without a name.
Coincidences of sand. Echo sounders. Ocean worshipers. A connected body of lack and loss.
“All poetry is misrepresentation.”
— Jeremy Bentham, An Aphorism attributed to him according to John Stuart Mill
Human emotions are an unconscious bio-psycho-social reaction that derives from the amygdala and they typically last 0.5–4.0 seconds, although a microexpression will typically last less than 1/2 of a second.
Look at the undertow. You find the prognosis for causality.
I think of you often. I go over things I could have done differently. I try to remember it’s not always about what I could or couldn’t do.
I know what nostalgia is, it’s a camouflage people cover themselves in when the present tense has become a trap.
I know it’s a form of depression. I know we didn’t get here by accident.
“Science is a differential equation. Religion is a boundary condition.”
– Alan Turing, 1954.
Hedgehog’s dilemma / Lover’s paradox: Despite goodwill, human intimacy cannot occur without substantial mutual harm.
A parasocial breakup. Illusionary experience. Interacting with personas, fictional characters. Scarcity becomes social stress.
Negative consequences: Body image. Aggression. Wishful identification.
Stagnation pressure is the pressure a fluid exerts when it is forced to stop moving.
Synesthesia as pathology.
Electronarcosis is one of the methods used to render animals unconscious before slaughter and unable to feel pain. Electronarcosis may be followed immediately by electrocution or by bleeding.
Prohibition against slaughtering an animal and its offspring on the same day.
Uncertainty over insect sentience. Welfare of farmed insects.
Trade-offs between stimulus avoidance and other motivational requirements.
Darwin described complex behaviors by worms when plugging their burrows. He suggested that worms appear to “have the power of acquiring some notion, however crude, of the shape of an object and of their burrows” and if so, “they deserve to be called intelligent; for they then act in nearly the same manner as would a man under similar circumstances.”
Thought-Forms: A Record of Clairvoyant Investigation
Animals that have failed: sea lions, giant panda, gibbon, macaque, parrot, crow, fish, octopi.