Geotrauma. Note Quote

What could be the opinion on jettisoning ‘alienation’ in both the Marxist and Freudian senses, and thereby replacing it with infusing creativity in the very notions of sublimation and commodity-fetishism? I have come to think of its necessity as substituting the revolutionary agency’s need-to-be-present, since, the latter (agency) is synthetically artificial. Moreover, ‘alienation’ would result in a loss of essential authenticity, thus furthering traumatic residues. The question of traumatic residues would not arise, if everything is a priori synthetic.


Traumatic is a notion taken from Daniel Barker’s geocosmic account of trauma. This was outlined in Reza Negarestani’s ‘A veritable earth? An Afterthought in Territopic Materialism’, which is,

A belated critical interposition between Freud’s and Ferenczi’s theories of trauma and Kant’s and Schelling’s accounts of radical evil, this moves toward a geocosmic account of trauma that allows for renegotiation of materialism in the wake of tensive topologies (traumas) and contingent depths (freedom at cosmic scales). When topology of traumatic tensions is extended from the realms of the organic nervous system and the social structure (polis, nation state, etc.) to cosmic expanses, the extensity of space simultaneously deprives matter of its allegedly autonomous privileges and mobilizes it through a productive topology of tension where such an act of dispossession itself takes a new form of materialist expression whose binding entails a ceaseless renegotiation of the axiomatic verities of Man, the Earth and Matter. This cosmically determined yet traumatically or tensively posited renegotiation of verities imparts a fundamentally territopic (rather than terroristic) quality to a conception of matter that is not governed by its own autonomy, hyletic creativities and intensive differences – that is a conception of matter disenthralled by radical evil or the will qua freedom of depths.

DCB considers Trauma is a body. Ultimately, at its pole of maximum disequilibrium, it’s an iron thing. Call it Cthelll: the interior third of terrestrial mass, semifluid metallic ocean, megamolecule, and pressure-cooker beyond imagination. It’s hotter than the surface off the sun down there, three thousand clicks below the crust, and all that thermic energy is sheer impersonal nonsubjective memory of the outside, running the plate-tectonic machinery of the planet via the conductive and convective dynamics of silicate magma flux, bathing the whole system in electomagnetic fields as it tidally pulses to the orbit of the moon. Cthelll is the terrestrial inner nightmare, nocturnal ocean, Xanadu: the anorganic metal-body trauma-howl of the earth, cross- hatched by intensities, traversed by thermic waves and currents, deranged particles, ionic strippings and gluttings, gravitational deep-sensitivities transduced into nonlocal electromesh, and feeding vulcanism … that’s why plutonic science slides continuously into schizophrenic delirium. Fast forward seismology and you hear the earth scream. Geotrauma is an ongoing process, whose tension is continually expressed: partially frozen in biological organization. For instance, the peculiarly locked-up lifeforms we tend to see as typical, those more-or-less obedient to darwinian selection mechanics are less than six hundred million years old. They began with the planetary oxygenization crisis, triggered by the saturation of crustal iron, followed by mass oxygen-poisoning of the prokaryotic biosystem and the emergence of a eukaryotic regime. Eukaryotic cells are highly suppressive. They implement a nuclear command-control model based on genomic ROM, affined to meiosis-mitosis diplocapture, hierarchical organization, and multicellular specialization. Even the distinction between ontogeny and phylogeny, distinct time-orders of the individual and the species makes little sense without eukaryotic nuclear read-only programming and immunological identity. Evolutionism presupposes specific geotraumatic outcomes.

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