Dowload Supplemental Texts to “Networkologies: A Philosophy of Networks for a Hyperconnected Age – A Manifesto”

Networkologies: A Philosophy of Networks for a Hyperconnected Age (Zer0 Books, 2014) is the first installment in a series of books to be published as part of the larger Networkological project to describe a philosophy of networks for our hyperconnected age. Networkologies is composed of a user-friendly introduction, and a wide-ranging and intense manifesto for the future of philosophy.

If you read Networkologies and still have questions about the philosophy of networks, or want more additional details, arguments, explanations, and sources, this page is for you.

Networkologies is the first book of a series of books which are works in progress. I am extremely grateful that the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Pratt allowed me the freedom to write a crystal of books, keeping the parts refracting off each other, rather than pressure me to publish them in series. The result is that I was able to publish Networkologies with its introduction and manifesto as the culmination of the enormous amount of work that had gone into producing its predecessors, books I will soon return to and prepare for publication to fill out the rest of the picture. The reason for this is that it is simply not possible for a the 200-pg text of Networkologies to explain in full detail an entire new worldview. Descriptions of these works, their table of contents, and links to download them, are all included below. In addition, of course, there are also several mini-articles elsewhere on this website, see the sidebar. Each book is described below first, with a full table of contents for each beneath all the descriptions.

– Networlds: Networks and Philosophy from Experience to Meaning. Networkologies as currently published by Zer0 began as the introduction and introductory manifesto of  Networlds, which explains in highly accessible language how one can view the entire world as composed of networks of networks, starting from everyday lived experience, and slowly moving into wider contexts, eventually ending in complex networks of meaning. The book is around 200pgs long, and I have yet to write the other half, which would be called Networlds II: From Economies of Machines to Refractive Thinking . Nevertheless, this book, written with a very wide audience in mind, starts from everyday life, and aims to answer many of the more detailed questions that people may have about networks of experience and meaning. This text can act as a nice supplement to Networkologies, and its current form is highly polished and near ready for publication.

– Netlogics: How to Diagram the World With Networks. This was an earlier text which I wrote before Networlds, and it contains, in around 250 pages, the entire networkological project in microcosm. After writing it, however, I simply came to think that its prose was simply too dense to publish first, and that it was largely written for myself, and was a text I should publish after writing a more accessible introduction. Nevertheless, the text is highly polished and incredibly detailed, if a dense and difficult text to read. I would recommend this text after reading the others. When I return to this text to edit it for publication, there is one thing I will be changing, however, and this is that at this point in my conception of the networkological project, I had structured it around what I called the “threeand” of the network diagram (of node, link, and ground as aspects of the network as a whole), and the text is structured around threes. This is different from the form the “networkological project evolved into in its current form, as described in Networkologies and Networlds, which is structured around the “fourand” of the network diagram (of node, link, ground, and level of emergence as aspects of the network as a whole). The book should be retstructed around fours rather than threes, and when I revise this for publication, I will make this change. That said, there are many essential arguments in here, and I consider writing this book as perhaps the core of my own process of developing this project as a whole. It is my hope that some will gain benefit from reading it in its current form, as many of its technical arguments fill out many aspects of Networkologies, even as it does need some modification to come into sync in full with the networkological project as currently envisioned.

– The Networked Mind: Artificial Intelligence, “Soft-Computing,” and the Futures of Philosophy. This was the first book I wrote, and the one I am currently in the process of revising for publication. This book can in many senses be considered a preface to the networkological project, and it ends with the call for a need for a philosophy of networks. As I was editing this book for publication, the philosophy of networks began to spill out of me, and I decided to put this book on hold, and it has been on hold since. Nevertheless, this is the first book which I am now returning to to edit for publication, for it explains the crucial inspiration in the science of networks, and particularly in the technologies of “soft” non-binary computing – fuzzy control systems, artificial neural networks, genetic/evolutionary computing, and embodied computation – for the philosophy of networks. Aside from the introduction and chapter one, the text is relatively polished, though not as much as the preceding two manuscripts. Nevertheless, I have used sections of this text in several classes when teaching about soft-computing, and the students really seem to get a lot from it, and find it much more accessible than other sources I have assigned them on the subject. This tells me that there is definitely at need for a text like this, a clear and user-friendly introduction to what are normally rather difficult topics in computation, as well as their potential cultural implications.

Included below are links to download all these texts in their current form,  and their  their Table of Contents so that people can get a sense of what they will find in these books. Of course, as I edit these for publication, I will work to bring them fully into sync with the networkological project, as presented in Networkologies, in its current form, as there have been mutations as it has developed over time. As indicated above, most of Networlds will need no modifcation, while Netlogics will require some (I hope) minor alterations.

I’ve also included below my dissertation in Comparative Literature, The Untimely Richard Bruce Nugent. This text uses an intersectional, ‘networked’ methodology to read the forgetting of the work of Richard Bruce Nugent, the only openly ‘b i-sexual’ author and visual artist of the Harlem Renaissance, and his re-remembering with the rise of intersectional analysis and queer studies. The argument I make is that unimodal forms of analysis – such as those privileging race, gender, sexuality, visual studies, literary studies, modernist studies –  would miss what was so interesting and powerful about the work of this multiply marginalized, queer, black artist working in multiple media. The seeds of networkological analysis were here in the type of intersectionality I needed to use to interpret his overdetermined work in relation to the histories of its interpretation, as this work required a proto-networkological approach to historiographical analysis.

Enjoy!

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1. Networlds: Networks and Philosophy from Experience to Meaning (225pgs, pdf, written around 2011-2012) – download here.

Table of Contents:

1. Networks of Experience: Everyday Experience as Networks of Networks

– Networks of Worldslices

a) Layers Within Layers of Slices of Experience

b) Worldtwists: Bodies as Junctions of Experience

c) Structures of Experience: The Shared World

d) Worldfolding: Internal Experience

– Worldslices as Networks

– Networks of Intersubjective Worlds: Realities, Aspects, and Excesses

– Networks of Experiencers: Worlds Beytond the Human

– Experience at the Limits: Horizons, Fractality, Incompletion, Infinity

a) the (Un)limit of Horizons

b) the (Un)limit of Fractality

c) the (Un)limit of Incompletion

d) The (Un)limit of Infinity

– The Network Paradox: Diagramming the Strangeness of Experience

a) The Paradox of Grounds

b) The Paradox of Levels

c) The Paradox of the Node

d) From the Paradox of the Link to Paradox Itself

– A World of Complexity: Networkological Principles of Experience

a) The Principle of Relation

b) The Principle of Refraction

c) The Principle of Immanence

d) The Principle of Emergence

2. Networks of Meaning: Language, Discourse, and the Prose of the World

– Networks of Memory in Early Human Experience: Softwiring and Experiential Meaning

– Prelinguistic Prototypes and the Return of the Network Paradox

– Networks of Generalities: Reading the Patterns in Our Experience

– Meaningful Processes: From Recognition to Association, Indication, and Learning

– Networks of Human Memory in the World: Mimicry, Tools, and Sign-Systems

– Memory-Prediction: Layering Imaginary, Symbolic, and Real

– Wideware: Quasi-Living Networks of External Human Memory in the World

– From Wideware to Information Theory

– Memory from Brains to Molecules

– A Networkological Theory of Meaning: Reading and Writing the Text of the World

– A World of Meaning: Networks of Reference as Horizons of Meaning in Experience

– Meaning in Experience

– Wrestling with the Linguistic Turn

– Networks of Signs

– Transference, Resemblance, and Mediation: From Metonymy to Metaphor to Mediation

– Combinatorics: Machines, from Complicates to Complexes

– Complex Systems Science: Simulation and Resonance

– Parametrics: The Grammars of Machines

– From Understanding to Knowledge and Beyond

– The Prose of the World

– From Machines to Languages

– Evolutions of Meaning: Affectivity and Values

– Language in the Human World: Discourses and Discursive Formations

– From Practice to Praxis, Theorizing and Philosophy

– Philosophy as Hyper-Praxis

– Philosophical Description as Discursive Praxis: Beyond Certainty

 

 Netlogics: How to Diagram the World with Networks (256 pgs,written around 2009-10, pdf), download here.

– Orientation: Principles

Relation, Reification, Principles (Ontological, Epistemological, Ethical), Goals, Networkologies, Groundings, Diagrammatology

1. Diagrammatics: Logics of Diagram

Elements, Abstraction, Diagram, Node, Link, Ground, Network/Level,

The Oneand

2. Parametrics: The Prose of Worlds

Parameters, Intensities, Limitation, Sets, Network Intensities, Particular Intensities, Opposition, Types, Qualities, Topology, Groups, Network Types, Context, Inverse, Structure, Rules, Boundaries, Connection, Logics, Negation, Implication, Syllogism, Modality, Quantity, Dynamics, Both/And, Manifestation, Processes, Network Processes, Actualization, Time, Duration, Differing, Differentiation, Complexity, Complication, Exhaustion, Parametrization, Potentiation, Diversity, Symmetry, Sync, Variability, Meta-Stability, Evolution, Self-Potentiation, Leveling, Structuration, Intensity, Quilting, Morphisms, Parametrization

3. Combinatorics: The Grammars of Machines

Combination, Representativity, Resemblance, Motivation, Symmetrical Resemblance,  Differential Resemblance, Abstract Resemblances, Inverse Resemblance, Meta-Resemblance, Categorical Resemblance, Interpretation, Implicit Categorical Resemblance,  Objects, Logical Resemblance, Processural Resemblance, Transference, Intertwining, Difference, Action, Digitality, Fields of Symmetries, Qualities of Transfer, Types of Transfer, Metonymy, Metaphorical Transference, Modulation, Transferential Waves, Virtuality, Expression, Mediation, Combinatories, Qualities of Mediation, Mediativity, Types of Mediation, Signification, Memory, Interpretation, Types of Interpretation, Affection, Reference, Expression, Semiotics, Meaning, Sense, Systematics, Logics of Systems,  Formal Mediation, Matrix, Mind, Types of Formal Mediation, Intermodulation, Meta-Articulation, Meta-Mediation, Life, Recording, Meta-Memory, Understanding,  Knowledge, Abstraction, Coding, Creation, Relay, Multi-Mediation, Meta-Coding, Meta-Understanding, Hypermediation, Competition, Economies, Value, Hypercodes, Currencies, Shares, Capital, Surplus, Producers, Hyperproduction, Hypermemory, Wideware, Quasi-Life, Hypervaluation, Hypersignification, Discursive Economies, Discourse, Reflexivity, Capitalism, Robustness, Hypermediacy, Productivity, Growth, Combinatorics

4. Complexifications: Processes of Emergence

Manifestation, Processes of Emergence, Potential, Process, Possibility, Sub-Potentials, Freedom, Tendency, Eventalization, Virtuality, Negotiation, Power, Choice, Democracy, Inequality, Transversality, Robustness, Aspects, Logics, of Process, Time, Presentation

 

The Networked Mind: Artificial Intelligence, “Soft-Computing,” and The Futures of Philosophy (pdf, 234 pgs, written around 2008), download here.

Introduction – User Interface

1. Chapter One: The Myth of Binary Logic

2. Chaper Two: Networks and Soft-Computing

– Fuzzy Units

– Artificial Neural Networks

– Evolutionary Computing

-Soft-Assembly

– Embodied Cognition and Morphological Computation

3. Chapter Three: The Networked Brain – Neuroscience and Networks

4. Chapter Four: Wideware, or Networks of Memory in the World Beyond the Human

5. Chapter Five: Network Thinking in Contemporary Philosophy and Cultural Critique

 

Dissertation, “The Untimely Richard Bruce Nugent,” (351 pgs, pdf, Department of Comparative Literature, NYU, Dissertation Supervisor – Prof. Emily Apter, 2007), download here.

Introduction

– Why Nugent?

– Reading the Crossroads: The Abject, the Liminal, and the Marginalized

– Learning to Listen to Nugent Today

SECTION ONE: The Case of the Untimely Richard Bruce Nugent: Remembering, Forgetting, and Theorizing Nugent Via Intersectional Theory

1. Chapter One – Remembering Bruce

2. Chapter Two – Forgetting Bruce

– Of Dandies, Bohemians, Race-Men, and Sweetbacks

– Tracing Nugent’s Shadow: African-American Studies

– Tracing Nugent’s Shadow: Early ‘Gay and Lesbian’ Studies

– Tracing Nugent’s Shadow: Modernist Studies

3. Chapter Three: Theorizing Bruce

– Learning to Listen to the Multiply Marginalized: ‘Intersectionality’ in Contemporary Critical Theory

– Intersectional Historiography and the Case of the Untimely Richard Bruce Nugent

SECTION TWO: Reading the Works of Richard Bruce Nugent Intersectionally

Introduction to Section Two: Nugent’s “Sadhji” – Reading the Curve of Nugent’s ‘Line of Desire’

4. Chapter Four: A Multidetermined Absence – Reading the ‘Position of the Subject’ in Nugent’s Early Lyric Poetry and Related Texts

– Building the Cultural Contexts: In the Shadows of Modernity

– Hiding in the Light: “Shadow,” with “Smoke, Lilies, and Jade”

– Hybrid Dreaming: “Bastard Song,” with Drawings for Mulattoes

– Analysis: At the Crossroads in New York in the 1920’s and 30’s

5. Chapter Five: An Overdetermined Presence – Reading Nugent’s Salome: Negrotesque I as Socio-Cultural Symptom

– Reading the Image: As Graphic Stain, and Semiotic Utterance

– Building the Contexts: Cultural Contexts from ‘The Orient’ to New York City

– Building the Contexts II: Salome in ‘Renaissance Attire’

– Building the Contexts III: Nugent’s Personal Iconographies – The S-Curve, the Semiotic Tree, and the Generative Circle

– Interpreting the Image Intersectionally:  With and Against Contemporary Models

CONCLUSION: On Intersectional Narration in Nugent’s Later Fictions


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