For our last session, Bernard Dionysius Geoghegan to attribute a draft version of an essay on the concept of information, which nicely ties into with some of the topics of Passage des Digitalen in general and its last chapter, “Signal Intelligence”, in particular. Please be aware that this is a draft version and Bernard kindly asks not to quote or cite without his explicit permission.
The following is an attempt to summarize some of the moves of this wonderful, wide-ranging chapter.
At the close of the final chapter, the reader finds herself in the elemental space of the waves. But this is no sailing trip from Spain to the New World. Instead, we are navigating in a world after Eccles’ and Jordan’s flip-flop, which made its debut in 1918. In this epistemic order, human subjects are “legible as functions of signal-processing instruments, machines, and codes” (416). In this “calculating space,” the smooth and the striated collapse in on each other; “im electronischen Zeitalter wird das Zählen und der Raum aus demselben Medium ereignet, das durch eine leichte Modification entweder zum Raum wird oder zum Schreiber” (417).