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    System from Greek systēmat-, systēma from synistanai to combine from syn- + histanai to cause to stand, things standing together... Idea everything connected. 'The world' idea of everything connected within totality so called.

    Correlations connections in science and research. Spin thread of words from one thing to another oposit one thing on top of another or otherwise in close proximity and let movement of thought connect them. Treasure improvisation or amounts to same muster discipline of listen to particular piece of recorded free form jazz but only one time no re-run. Wittgenstein and Duchamp negotiate gap-and-link imagintatively. Former family likeness and latter infra thin.


    Ecological notion of ‘niche’ applied to difference between Egyptian Minoan and Greek mainland imagination, informed by River, Sea and Terra Firma respectively. If life on Earth from scratch again, fundamental pre-life geology being same second time and developed for as long as up to present then second story of life complete but different from first. The niche echoed by form-of-life but not determined by it. If cultivation developed second time along Nile in archipelago of Mediterranean and in Attica, civilization would take another course. True, The Given no more than a gesture but a Gesture of All The Same.


    Same image only Duchamp balances out a-symmetric opposition of Dürer by mutually sharing in the same. Suggested Duchamp sought not victory but draw in chess. From Catherine Keller, Apocalypse Now and Then, 1996 (tip by Johanna Jonsson) p1:

    Apo-kalypsy: to unveil; thus to reveal, to disclose. Prebiblically the term connotes the marital stripping of the veiled virgin. In the biblical text of John's Apocalypse, the title of which is also translated as The Revelation of John: "the moment of truth blinks with cosmic excitement. The revealing gaze is male. At the end, after all the fire and blood, the virgin New Jerusalem descends from heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband" (Rev.21:2).


    Impression no parts. What prevails picture composed of parts. Non paradoxical understanding: first impression analyzed into elements. Does not pull trick for impression affords daylight til dusk innumerable shapes of space out there. Cézanne does not compose plenty of shapes into whole but let be suggested. Disintegration characteristic of integration.

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    Wittgenstein taught differences (Shakespeare I shall teach you differences) where science and research tend towards grouping things under headings disregarding differences subtle observation registers as steeped into flow of continuity.

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    The Gospel of Thomas translated by Thomas O. Lambdin:

    (13) Jesus said to his disciples, 'Compare me to someone and tell me whom I am like.'
    Simon Peter said to him, 'You are like a righteous angel.'
    Matthew said to him, 'You are like a wise philosopher.'
    Thomas said to him, 'Master, my mouth is wholly incapable of saying whom you are like.'
    Jesus said, 'I am not your master. Because you have drunk, you have become intoxicated from the bubbling spring which I have measured out.'
    And he took him and withdrew and told him three things. When Thomas returned to his companions, they asked him, 'What did Jesus say to you?'
    Thomas said to them, 'If I tell you one of the things which he told me, you will pick up stones and throw them at me; a fire will come out of the stones and burn you up.'

    Wittgenstein, 'Lecture on Ethics': if a man could write a book on Ethics which really was a book on Ethics, this book would, with an explosion, destroy all the other books in the world.


    John Cassavetes relate to Duchamp like Wittgenstein to Heidegger. Wittgenstein 'aspect seeing' happen within Heidegger 'being'. If did not Wittgensteinian aspects scattered and lost in sheer multiplicity but they aren't.

    Cassavetes articulate presence that Duchamp suggest in terms of description/instruction, largely diagrammatic form of Duchamp poetic enterprise. If there was not Duchampian machinery hidden within ignorance of filmmaker operation Cassavetes moment-of-presence would have no anchor point.

    van Eyck witnesses, us included, in plain view of everybody involved. Cf. Caspar David Friedrich beholder tap into view out window, of his model to which only limited access. And Watteau plain view and limited access. Matter of space: 1) van Eyck same space of communion, 2) Friedrich distinctly separate compartments of space yet connected as in eavesdropping, and 3) Watteau overlapping spaces like at theater, fourth wall for real but not more real than the backdrop in the background. Theater, as happen between invisible fourth wall in front and false front at the back, of stage.

    Logico-geometrical transparency unaffected by changing seasons all way from clarity of Mesopotamian mind-of-night. Was not Duchamp unhappy wedding gift, Unhappy readymade, for his young sister layered contribution to marriage in clarity-of-night and in light-of-illumination, latter having weather aspect to it. Could be Caravaggio chiaroscuro same precarious ambivalent setting of each and every situation. Where Caravaggio and Duchamp meet. Compromised as happy and unhappy Seven Works of Mercy.

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    Tractatus divide knowledge into science and life. Wittgenstein of Investigations not. All embedded. Critique of science not meant to invalidate result but its exceptional position as intellectual achievement. Duchamp same sense of embedment however acknowledging fully the exceptional workings of chance.

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