Fast-foreword to synaptic analogies and bicameral metaphors

I thought you were just some guy in Italy who had the brilliant idea to make his brain scans public and to think of “cure” in all-encompassing terms. Then I started googling you.

Wow, Salvatore Iaconesi. Like Alice, I’m feeling “Curiouser and curiouser!” I had no idea. 

Salvatore Iaconesi: The problem is actually very simple: the spectacle. Luckily, we can benefit from an entire culture and experiences existing out there. There are people, groups, artists, a variety of communicators who have already dealt with this “spectacle”, and have drawn some conclusions, strategies and hypotheses. The basic idea is that the “spectacle” is unbeatable. It is a mechanism that by its own nature swallows everything. You can’t “use it”. What you can do though is turn it into a performance, geared towards the creation of an “environment.” You can move within it. It is a “strange” environment, mobile, mutating, like the Web.

But it is still an environment. You can, from within it, move around, curate it, take care of relationships, information and contents and ultimately cure yourself.

That last sentence of yours–(cere)bellabellaboratorio! Can’t you just feel your meaningful dendritic connections multiplying? If you’d like to consider the rest of this email to be a poem, that’s okay with me, but I’d prefer you think of it as a pixel-E-lated catalyst from the prismatic/interconnected right hemisphere in which Harvard University neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor lived her life for a decade. How do you say, “Your brain is a gal named XDaDaisy who would like to teach you to dance” in Italian?

Have you considered that you are grinding a lens the likes of which the world has not seen before now? It’s like you’re inviting every reader in the world to participate in the crafting of “refracting brains” where we simultaneously look into, through and out of your/our co-created and co-creative lens. What we are looking into–this environment of spectacle–we are also living within as we fuse with it?! 

“While the precise origins of glass fusing techniques are not known with certainty, there is archeological evidence that the Egyptians were familiar with rudimentary techniques ca. 2000 BCE.[1] Although this date is generally accepted by all researchers, some historians argue that the earliest fusing techniques were first developed by the Romans, who were much more prolific glassworkers.[2] Fusing was the primary method of making small glass objects for approximately 2,000 years, until the development of the glass blowpipe.”

I think you are on the cutting edge of something much bigger than you’ve imagined. I get the feeling it’s going to be an extraordinarily beautiful evolution. You appear to be making consciousness visible… making somehow a digital approximation of observer, observed and observation’s interconnections. But maybe I’m just getting drunk on my imagined possibilities for a creative environment modeling universal compassion…

How to Cure Prosciutto

By Laura Reynolds, eHow Contributor

Prosciutto, the pungent antipasto ham of Italy, is like regional wines. The specifics of preparation vary, dependent on the agricultural practices, customs and climate of the locality. Each prosciutto has a storied lineage but the basic curing process is similar to the dry aging process used in American “country-style” hams. The main difference between Italian and American versions is the way each is served; prosciutto is sliced wafer-thin and served with fruit and savories; “country ham” is served as an entree. Does this Spark an idea?

This thought has just occurred [compluvium/oculus/cured] to me at this moment, so I’m not entirely sure what MY brain is trying to lead me to say to you, but I know it has more to do with fiery-risen philosophy than with cute puppies and warm fuzzy pajama parties. 

Goodnight–Buona Sera!