Bigsley the Oaf

Space & Order

Posted in Uncategorized by bigsleytheoaf on November 27, 2012

In VALIS, Phillip K. Dick says:

The phenomenal world does not exist; it is a hypostasis of the information processed by the Mind.


We hypostasize information into objects. Rearrangement of objects is change in the content of the information; the message has changed. This is a language which we have lost the ability to read. We ourselves are a part of this language; changes in us are changes in the content of the information. We ourselves are information-rich; information enters us, is processed and is then projected outward once more, now in an altered form. We are not aware that we are doing this, that in fact this is all we are doing.

One of the central ideas of the book is that time stopped around 70 C.E. and was, for centuries, transformed into space.

The transformation of time into space.

Is this not precisely what Capitalism accomplishes? Is this not, in a sense, the best definition of Capitalism and, more deeply, materialism? Capitalism is a process which converts time into space.

Scarcity of material resources is a fact. If there is one berry bush then we must compete for its berries. If we are clever, we might hide the berry bush from our competitors – we might find a way to uproot it and transfer it to a new location. By expending time to accomplish this we have created space around the bush – space w/r/t competition.

Space with respect to competition.

The poorest in our society are those who are crammed together. They are unable to attain order because the interactions they must of necessity deal with are too dense. It is literally impossible to get clean living in East Oakland – there is trash everywhere – there are people everywhere – there are no doors – there is no space.

Gated communities are rich in space – they overflow with space. There is space to put all of your things – enough space to keep them well-ordered. Trash and refuse are removed – there is space to stay clean.

Space is a necessary condition of Order. We cannot arrange things if we have no space to do it in. To arrange a set of Things we must isolate those Things – we must create space around them to make them into a “set of Things.” If we are crammed in amongst other things then our Things get all mixed up and dirtied by those other things and we are thus burdened with additional information.

Space is created by exporting randomness/garbage/trash.

Consider Facebook & the internet – how we are all crammed together into this tiny virtual space. Who benefits? What space is opened by this gravity? Who grabs this space?

I believe that the rich of the future will be those who do not need to exist in online communities. I believe that as time continues we will be increasingly reliant on the computer and the internet as our interface to reality. The rich will be those who can live without needing to sit at their computers all day.

Get out!

Get out!

Get out!

Get space while you still can!


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