Nature is not natural and can never be naturalized — Graham Harman

Friday, September 28, 2012

SLSA Liveblog 6: Judith Roof

Unhuman Nose-ologoy: Scalar/Molar Profiles
the nose knows
uncomfortable displacement on the face of things...
base order calculating machine
atavistic signifier of body over mind; demoted through history
metonymical or metaphorical but not itself
imaginary control understood as human vs animal difference
how the molar becomes the scalar; cybernetic exchange
Polyester, John Waters: odorama scratch and sniff cards
analyzing the phenomena of group response by stimuli; self consciously clunky
esther--reaction that gives bouquets
alignment as a low cultural process
smell operates in the present ((hm not sure)
sight is cultural privileged as more reliable
olfactory bulb; olfactory sensory neurons with olfactory dendrites
ligand binding to receptor neurons >> cerebrum >> conscious perception and amygdala and hippocampus
molecular and cellular levels
problem of timing; bringing odors to consciousness is only one
the limbic system isn't very associated with the language part of the brain; olfaction precedes linguistic processes
suggests two kinds of consciousness
most researchers suggest that smelling is unconscious
we assume we are separated; appearance of separability and distance in sound and sight
the environment literally gets into the individual
bodies and groups are always already entangled in a feedback system

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