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CHAPTER SEVENTEEN: Response to Christopher Meyer

Yael Goldman Baldwin Karnac Books ePub

Kareen Malone

Iam so delighted that Christopher Meyer has contributed to this volume. In years past, he and I have worked together as participants in the seminars led by GIFRIC (Groupe Interdisciplinaire freud-ien de resserches et d’interventions cliniques et culturelles), the group led by Willy Apollon, Danielle Bergeron, and Lucie Cantin and known for their work with psychotics. There are traces of GRIFIC’s work in Christopher’s wide-ranging and excellent paper. The paper presents a portion of a case, addresses the ethics of the clinic in relation to addiction, and interrogates the place of addiction in terms of its social operation within a cultural moment. Christopher refers to this cultural moment as spanning the “dawning of modernity” and entailing a relationship to jouissance in which one, as one of the wealthy or pretend wealthy, “do not pay for it” (Lacan, 2007, p. 84). Capitalist discourse is organized so that there is a separateness of each subject in relation to the social link but sameness, where the subject as a divided subject presents its symptom which is then mollified by drugs or through a scientific normative discourse. There is idiot jouissance, suggested by the contemporary passion for (displayed) privacy coupled with consumption as the foundation of the social link (J(O)). “Keep buying” as President Bush said to worried Americans following September 11. The alterity and difference that is both sustained and made possible by the social link seems usurped by private pleasures and normative mandates. In capitalist discourse S1 is the place of truth, suggesting that we might think about how this identity is forged or fixed. In other chapters in this volume the evocation of the term “holophrase” and discussions of inscription and the letter turn us to the fetish-like petrification of identity, kept away from the pull of the signifier through drugs and goods. Certainly addiction turns us to these thoughts.

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5. In Line

Elsa Marston Indiana University Press ePub



Halfway home from school, on a lovely clear day in December, I did something really daring. I decided to change my route. Not much, of course, because my mother knew exactly how long it took me to get home and she would be waiting. I just thought it would be nice to walk along the canal a bit and pretend it was the Nile. That’s how it happened I ran into Fayza.

I’d noticed her in class. You could hardly not notice her, even in a classroom as packed with people as ours. She always raised her hand to answer the teacher’s questions—she even asked good questions of her own! What’s more, she was a lot smarter than most of the boys and wasn’t afraid to let them know it. So I’d begun to think I’d like to get to know her. But how? Most people still acted as if I were from Mars, or someplace even farther away, and they couldn’t figure me out. I was afraid Fayza might feel that way, too.

Well, I would try, at least.

Fayza was standing at the edge of the canal, holding a big bunch of flowers—roses so bedraggled they looked as though the flower seller had given them to her for free. But what made me curious was the way she was staring down at the canal. I stopped near her to see what she was looking at. It was a donkey, dead, lying there in the water.

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6: Plus ça Change…

Geoffrey Ashe Aeon Books ePub


Though Carlyle's account of the French Revolution is out of fashion, I doubt if anybody has been more successful at evoking what it must have felt like. Here is an extract from his sketch of the anticipatory ardours:

Behold the new morning glittering down the eastern steeps; fly, false Phantasms, from its shafts of light; let the Absurd fly utterly, forsaking this lower Earth for ever. It is Truth and Astraea Redux that (in the shape of Philosophism) henceforth reign. For what imaginable purpose was man made, if not to be ‘happy’? By victorious Analysis and Progress of the Specks, happiness enough now awaits him…Nay, who knows but, by sufficiently victorious Analysis, ‘human life may be indefinitely lengthened,’ and men get rid of Death, as they have already done of the Devil? We shall then be happy in spite of Death and the Devil. – So preaches magniloquent Philosophism her Redeunt Saturnia regna.

The Latin phrases are Virgil's, describing the return of Saturn. Carlyle uses them again farther on. Clearly they appeal to this forceful delineator of moods as apt expressions. Virgil coined them when Saturn's reign was part of an accepted mythical world-picture, a natural image. Their fitness for capturing the spirit of the 1780s is a deeper question.

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19 Ornithopod Dinosaurs from the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Region, Utah, and Their Role in Paleobiogeographic and Macroevolutionary Studies

Alan L Titus Indiana University Press ePub

Terry A. Gates, Eric K. Lund, C. A. Boyd, Donald D. DeBlieux, Alan L. Titus, David C. Evans, Michael A. Getty, James I. Kirkland, and Jeffrey G. Eaton

Ornithopod Dinosaurs were Bipedal, Herbivorous dinosaurs represented in the Late Cretaceous of North America by basal ornithopods (“hypsilophodontids”) and a clade of derived iguanodontians containing, in part, hadrosaurids. Recent research focused on the Cretaceous macrovertebrates of Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument and surrounding areas of southern Utah has resulted in numerous discoveries of ornithopod dinosaur skeletons, complimenting the previous record based largely on teeth. The new collections are dominated by hadrosaurid material but include multiple basal ornithopod and indeterminate iguanodontian specimens. Several new taxa of hadrosaurids have been identified from these rocks along with one new species of basal ornithopod. Isolated teeth typify the majority of basal ornithopod remains currently known from the Straight Cliffs and Wahweap formations, with several skeletal specimens from the Kaiparowits Formation representing the hypodigm of a new taxon. The Straight Cliffs Formation has recently yielded several iguanodontian specimens with at least three taxa represented from Turonian, Coniacian, and Santonian strata. Hadrosaurid diversity within the Campanian Wahweap and Kaiparowits formations now includes five taxa, at least three of which appear to be new species. Hadrosaurids from the Kaiparowits Formation include one species of Parasaurolophus and two stratigraphically separated species of Gryposaurus. The recognition of this diverse ornithopod fauna within southern Utah provides a rare opportunity in North America to examine the transition from more basal iguanodontians to those taxa within Hadrosauridae. In addition, these sediments provide a testing ground for biogeographic hypotheses of basal ornithopods.

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14. Are There Transitional Forms in the Fossil Record?

Ken Ham Master Books ePub

Chapter 14

Are There Transitional Forms in the Fossil Record?

Dr. David Menton

The central idea of evolution is that all of the kinds of living organisms on earth share a common ancestor and that over time they have evolved one from another by an unplanned and unguided natural process. This unobserved sort of amoeba-to-man evolution extending over hundreds of millions of years is called macroevolution to distinguish it from the relatively small-scale variations we observe among the individuals of a species. Evolutionists like to refer to these small variations as microevolution with the tacit assumption that over eons of time they add up incrementally to produce macroevolution. Thus, evolutionists look for evidence of these incremental steps, often referring to them as transitional forms, suggesting that they represent stages of transformation of one organism into a different kind of organism.

Since macroevolution is not observable in the time frame of human observers, evolutionists often invoke microevolution as both evidence for macroevolution as well as its presumed mechanism. But as any animal or plant breeder knows, the limited variation that is observed among the individuals of a species has not been observed to lead to the essentially limitless process of macroevolution. In 1980, a group of evolutionists met in Chicago to discuss the relationship of micro- and macroevolution. Roger Lewin summed up this meeting in the journal Science as follows:

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