Alan Sondheim
 
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Philosophy

Distinctions among protocols and interfaces; every interface is protocol; every protocol interfaces; each is pole ("poles") the other; each participates in flattening. What is external to protocol: inconceivable content, subjectivity; what is internal: invisibility, objectivity. From GPS through VLF radio: the measurement of the world, its skein. What is required for visibility, what technology, organism, protein? Protocols extend perceptual tacit knowledge; functionality. Of etiquette let it be said it is first and foremost exclusionary. Cybernetic feedback designates. Protocols distinguish, differentiation and integration in dialectic. The symbolic remains unread; the symbolic is transparent, readable. For the first time a three-dimensional map of the second planet from the sun is available for visual search with or without placenames given a desktop configuration of sufficient power. Protocols are the mute inverse of stewardship; they do not serve; they serve-to. Interfaces are not end-points; they bridge ontologies, continue the flow. Mind locates nowhere; is located nowhere; extensions extend without center, centering. Mind locates within presencing present; mind locates nowhen; is located nowhen. The purpose of philosophy is to pare; to pare even the ladder or the propositions. Philosophy has no purpose; it is not an exhibition; art is exhibition and venue; philosophy chatters; philosophy is doing and reading philosophy is a continuation of doing. Reading philosophy is the pretense of interface; doing philosophy problematizes protocols. To do philosophy is not to have done with philosophy.
 
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