Affect!

I’ve lately been reading quite a bit about something called Affect theory mostly written about by this guy


In a nutshell, it breaks down consciousness into a pre understanding of things and a contextual meaning of things. So imagine your brain basically registering an image without context autonomously and then forming thoughts and attaching meaning to it as a secondary action. 

What Massumi also says is that we, as highly functioning blobs of matter, don’t necessarily tell our brain what to do but more so tell our brains what not to do at a certain instant. Like say clicking our fingers. That, according to this guy would be basically telling our fingers to not to do a million other things and just click your fingers. 

This is of course really off a tangent from the usual jargon that I write here but I do mention this specifically because it relates to another line of philosophical jargon that really means a lot to me. 

Existence precedes essence - Sartre

Meaning, you don’t do because you are but you are what you do

Yes, existentialism is kind of a big deal to me.

So how is this related? Well, if one is to believe what these two odd looking gentlemen have to say then well it more so gives rise to the fact that we really consciously or otherwise choose to perceive and take action, looking and doing things in a way that we particularly choose. 

I promise this is less convoluted and well documented than it sounds to be. 

It’s important, well just cause. 


Musical pairing: It’s my life - Bon Jovi

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