feel that one of the prerogatives of the Department of Displaced Memory
is to have justified concerns with what the past will be like in the
future. The structure of transmission is one of loss, to be sure,
yet we are eager to transmit a question to the Department of Future
Projections - the sfodamong section, in particular: what would transmission
be like if we thought about it as an act of translation in time? From
where we stand, it seems fairly obvious that we should concentrate
our efforts on assuming a shape with body and senses, rather than
looking for some mysterious gate letting us pass secretly to the future.
Indeed, who can hope to pass a gate unless s/he has a shape and a
You see, the phenomena occuring in a displacement are of such a bewildering
and half-conscious character that the ability to initiate, develop
and sustain a receptive and active gestalt can by no means be taken
for granted. From where you stand this may seem absurd. Yet, we claim
that our insights may be of some relevance and interest, judging by
your to-do list. An interesting question is, of course, whether you
have the mandate of doing something about a to-do list in a Department
like yours. This is precisely why I think that if our present address
spurs some action in epsilon, then we have made our point. You simply
cannot do without us.
Be that as it may. We feel we have a contribution to make in the beta-technicalities
of how the embodiment of sensitive and active gestalts may be successfully
carried out. As a particle, the active-sensitive gestalt realises
a pass if and only if the whole embodied by the gestalt is less than
the sum of its parts. One might say, this is the distinctive feature
of embodiment as such. But how do you know that this is not merely
a form of psychic parthenogenesis?
Well, you feel it: when your body is about to implode into the heart
region, then you are in the critical range of an embodied gestalt.The
clue is also the danger: the moment you are your own gate - by imploding
a bit - then you are also in lethal danger. You don't know whether
you are going to make it.
In fact, this is a chapter of an old debate. The Egyptians were obsessed
with the physical passage to a life beyond and were frantic about
the idea of a second death: loss of internal organs, identity, name
etc. The Ancient Hebrews reformulated the entire thing to concern
themselves with a more worldly form of passage, and a generational
view of this passage: you don't pass physically, but something - quasi-physical
- passes. You pass as long as you live, and then something passes
from you. We have been studying these entities from a number of points
of views: one being the point of view of contents. This quasi physical
content is something you can pass unto yourself, to objects and to
others. We know a number of procedures that allow us to expect that
such embodiment might occur.
The minimal unit of such psiphi content is a hex. One hex is made
of three digits. We anticipate that you may laugh your heads off when
you hear this, from where you stand. But if you work with Klein's
groups you'll see that it checks out. Three digits make one hex. If
your want to hear more, you'll have to say 'please'. We're very picky
about this. And it might not be the easiest aspect of how we behave
at the Department of Displaced Memories.
might say its a matter of temperament, but also a matter of our position:
from where we stand we demand more respect than we - for obvious reasons
- will ever be able to return.
Since wherever you go in your future projections we won't be there
anymore: which is as paradox - of course - since, in a number of ways,
it means that we'll always be ahead of you. Sorry about that: accidental
embodiment... we'll see if the message passes. Cheer up, youngsters!
We'll make sure you get some epistemology.
from department of future projections