Assimilation: Against Reduction and the Subjective notion of Criteria.

Deleuze still looms, and his lessons should prevail now more than ever, especially his intolerance for any sort of ‘looking away’ or recourse to reduction. One of the biggest fallacies (accretions/neuroses) within the history of philosophy is that there can be a criterion (or criteria) that phenomena will comply to, as if the criterion were somehow the essence, and the phenomenon were simply returning home to its logic (a naive realism of essential criterion/logic) . The actual dynamic happening is something akin to hyperstition; a criterion can be put in place which will characterise existing phenomena (and even future phenomena).  Superimposition is the proper term for every form of thinking. Phenomena does not return to language, but rather the superimposition of a language game will disclose new possibilities, new fictions, new manifestations. No one wants to be a ‘reductionist’ but the truth within the superimposition (the extrapolation) of thought itself is that there was never such a thing; all ‘reduction’ is a form of superimposing one defining feature into a network of use (i.e reductionist’s can get work done through ‘reduction’!). All true process philosophers (and perhaps advocates of Meillassoux’s critique of causal necessity) are aware of this (whether qua ‘becoming’ or ‘hyper-chaos’). What seems to beg the question now is whether our extrapolations/superimpositional information has become thoroughly embedded in material reality to the extent that we now play slave to those prior assumptions? This creates a funny image of Chinese whispers whereby the ‘outside’ takes our guesswork and gallivants it around confidently (or nonchalantly).  Wile E Coyote has ran off the cliff but is still pushed by the momentum of his extrapolation, he has not looked down to realise that the invisible equipment beneath his feet has become visible (gravity ensues). But if material reality is encoded with this same assumption both cancel themselves out. What should one call this process?! Assimilation.

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