Psychology of Taboos

The curious thing about the psychology of taboos is that (generally speaking) the more a thing is prohibited, the more psychological currency and cultural value it (inversely) acquires, and - consequently - the more the associated behaviours self-propagate.  We might identify this counterintuitive displacement of value, meaning and fascination (or attention) as semiotic elasticity.

Information Entropy and Psychological Desensitisation in Culture and Art

When the recombinatory convergence of once-distant or disparate symbols no longer shocks us, it is probably not merely because the world (and it's inhabitants) have moved on and desensitised to the essential information entropy of difference.  It is because these once dissonant symbols share some deeper (and logical) bond. The cultural and psychological self-representation of…

The Symbolic Vacuum of Nothing

In any sequence of symbols, experiences or other functional input to our various sensory apertures, the entity and events which bear the most unexpected or surprising data are those which can be said to carry the most substantive information content. In a world awash in a semiotic soup of aspirational novelty and atention-seeking advertisements, billboards,…

Semiotic Elasticity

There is in essence no true "outside" or inalienable "counter" culture; everything exists on some interior surface, warped and twisted back upon and through itself...

Veiled

We suffocate ourselves in the symbols and signs, stories and concepts that we think represent life but in so doing we actually distract ourselves from the simplest fact of just living...

Metalogical

We become ensnared in the grand circularity of texts and philosophical assertions or opinions which characterise and compose the shared world of belief and illusion...