July 02, 2004



Posted by hyperstition at July 2, 2004 11:06 PM





really like the idea of a glossary - could serve multiple purposes including advancing collective production and working to slow things down (explaining key terms that not everybody understands - to take only a few recent examples: Z crowd, Tellurian Omega, Lemurian fundamentalism, chaotic xenodemon).

Wonder if we can agree on some methods and principles of production for the glossary (e.g. limits on length of entries). Is there a way to create something (possibly as a sidebar item) that would be easy to add to (say by inserting entries in alphabetical order)?

Posted by: Anna at July 3, 2004 05:02 AM



Thanks so much Reza ---- this really does start to make things much clearer.

Thanks for all yr efforts. Appropriately enough, it opens up lots of lines of enquiry.

Agree with both of you that a glossary is a brilliant idea --- tho in the spirit of the blog (concept lab rather than finished/ finishable document) I don't think it's necessary to formalise its production overmuch. In the nature of hyperstition, no gloss can ever be final and definitive; actually, that's also a feature of glossing too (all glossing leads to more gloss - hypergloss): positively propagative. What seems most urgent is localising the constellation of concepts that have accreted around particular terms.

Posted by: mark at July 3, 2004 11:07 PM



Anna, yes, think the glossary is great, lets discuss it (Nick, what do you think?) ... as soon as we decide to assemble a glossary, we can collectively find a way to organize it.

Also, dont worry about the technical issues for putting it on the blog ... well find a solution.

Mark, yes there will be no ultimate Glossary ... what we are going to do is diagramming the germ line of each entry ... no definitive demarcation, only dusty and cloudy entries with minimum (de)coding process.

Guess, constellating concepts and capturing them within a hyperstition vortex is very difficult without having a Glossary / concepts-diagram; plus it shortens the take-off time of the whole project (sure our readers need more clarification from our side in the minimum time). So what do you think?

Posted by: Reza at July 5, 2004 03:47 AM



Definitely a good idea.

Posted by: Nick at July 5, 2004 07:03 AM



I don't think that, in the first instance, we shd worry too much about formalizing it. It'd be good if ppl posted up their take on a concept and then the comments can be used for further clarification, elaboration and explication. After that process has gone through, we can think abt formalising it.

That's my view at any rate.

Posted by: mark at July 5, 2004 09:45 PM



Ok, let's wait a bit more and watch how the blog moves forward.

Posted by: Reza at July 7, 2004 06:51 AM



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