Of all the French cultural exports over the last years or so, ‘pataphysics–the science of imaginary solutions and the laws governing exceptions–has proven. 10 Jun ‘Pataphysics A Useless Guide by Andrew Hugill, Evolution of Consciousness ARJ2 Review by Bobby Matherne. 13 Nov Frenchman Alfred Jarry (–), a diminutive queer alcoholic raised on Rabelais and steeped in Symbolism, could be called the John the.

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It is generally agreed that it lies around the roots of many of the key artistic and cultural developments of the twentieth century, including absurdism, Dada, futurism, surrealism, situationism, and others.

Pataphysical humour has a range: In that case, pataphysicism is wrong to claim a different scientific pedigree. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Well, as the Author explains in his Preamble on page xvi, “The fact that relatively few people are aware of its existence is part of the secret of its success. From onward, Ubu seemed to reaffirm the essential truth of an absurd irrationality at whose whim many European citizens lived or died.

We have taken the liberty of dispensing with this apostrophe in this review, which is written in English. Their preoccupations, be they serious or humorous or, more commonly, both, give them their identity and differentiate them from their everyday appearances.

Perhaps Jesus was playing with us: A life pahaphysics not more pataphysical because it contains drugs or fantasy or delusion.

Here the pataphysicist references the realisation that contradiction and self-reference are twin complications for pataphysicw.

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A Useless Guide” is the first to explain exactly why pataphysics is such an earnest affair. I discovered my love of satire on that very day, and I knew that my ;ataphysics would never be the same again, that no matter how serious things got, I could always find something humorous in them. Originating in the wild imagination of French poet and playwright Alfred Jarry and his schoolmates, resisting clear definition, purposefully useless, and almost impossible to understa Of all the French cultural patsphysics over the last years or so, ‘pataphysics–the science of imaginary solutions and the laws paatphysics exceptions–has proven to be one of the most durable.


Not that there guise any choice in these matters: His tombstone has on it: Since a guide to a person’s imagination presupposes a reality which is unattainable, that is, it presupposes the possibility of knowing a territory, a terra incognito, which exists inside of another person, any guide to ‘pataphysics would be perforce useless, thus you have an imaginary solution to the problem of the subtitle, “A Useless Guide”.

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To ask other readers questions about ‘Pataphysicsplease sign up. For some, pataphysics is an ultimate spoof, a schoolboy prank, a raucous piece of nonsense; for others it is certainly an attitude of mind, a WAY OF LIFE, a discipline, a doctrine, a deeply ironic religion, even. This is a bit of a dry read in places, but relates well to other material available.

The chapters are rough-and-loose; subheadings and lengthy quotations abound which receive little-to-no analysisso much so that one feels Hugill wants to make an anthology, not a book.

This joke runs deep.

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Principles of induction for Jarry have the same coding as the names of cities do for Yablo. We are biased towards usefulness. Hugill rightly albeit briefly discusses the slippery realities of Philip K.

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I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have uweless Kindle? Adrian Cameron rated it it was amazing Jun 05, It has managed to permeate both culture and society, but in ways which are somewhat shadowy.

It doesn’t help that Hugill heaps on examples from the farthest reaches — including quite a few from far outside the pataphysical fold i.

In the face of these perils one may well wonder why this pataphysixs exists at all. William Adams, innotes that a river must flow before it can be interrupted.

The antibourgeois, scandalous nature of Usless became a rallying point for the surrealist revolution. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

‘Pataphysics: A Useless Guide by Andrew Hugill

Hughill sees it as a humorous coda to Parisian existentialism, late surrealism, Marxist-Leninism and Jarry, surrealism and Dadaism were part of its ordering energy at that time. Wednesday, November 21st, Contemporary science is founded upon the principle of induction: So, it is an extended exercise in circular-reasoning, with the added caveat that this circular-reasoning be imaginative and symbolic.

Or, do you see how things could be and ask why not? Do pataphysicists think they are asserting their fictions?