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May 10, 2010

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Subject: Climate Change and the Integrity of Science

From 255 members of the National Academy of Sciences:
Lead Letter Published in Science magazine
May 7, 2010

We are deeply disturbed by the recent escalation of
political assaults on scientists in general and on
climate scientists in particular. All citizens should
understand some basic scientific facts. There is always
some uncertainty associated with scientific conclusions;
science never absolutely proves anything. When someone
says that society should wait until scientists are
absolutely certain before taking any action, it is the
same as saying society should never take action. For a
problem as potentially catastrophic as climate change,
taking no action poses a dangerous risk for our planet.

Scientific conclusions derive from an understanding of
basic laws supported by laboratory experiments,
observations of nature, and mathematical and computer
modeling. Like all human beings, scientists make
mistakes, but the scientific process is designed to find
and correct them. This process is inherently
adversarial- scientists build reputations and gain
recognition not only for supporting conventional wisdom,
but even more so for demonstrating that the scientific
consensus is wrong and that there is a better
explanation. That's what Galileo, Pasteur, Darwin, and
Einstein did. But when some conclusions have been
thoroughly and deeply tested, questioned, and examined,
they gain the status of "well-established theories" and
are often spoken of as "facts."

For instance, there is compelling scientific evidence
that our planet is about 4.5bn years old (the theory of
the origin of Earth), that our universe was born from a
single event about 14bn years ago (the Big Bang theory),
and that today's organisms evolved from ones living in
the past (the theory of evolution). Even as these are
overwhelmingly accepted by the scientific community,
fame still awaits anyone who could show these theories
to be wrong. Climate change now falls into this
category: there is compelling, comprehensive, and
consistent objective evidence that humans are changing
the climate in ways that threaten our societies and the
ecosystems on which we depend.

Many recent assaults on climate science and, more
disturbingly, on climate scientists by climate change
deniers, are typically driven by special interests or
dogma, not by an honest effort to provide an alternative
theory that credibly satisfies the evidence. The
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and
other scientific assessments of climate change, which
involve thousands of scientists producing massive and
comprehensive reports, have, quite expectedly and
normally, made some mistakes. When errors are pointed
out, they are corrected. But there is nothing remotely
identified in the recent events that changes the
fundamental conclusions about climate change:

(i) The planet is warming due to increased
concentrations of heat-trapping gases in our atmosphere.
A snowy winter in Washington does not alter this fact.

(ii) Most of the increase in the concentration of these
gases over the last century is due to human activities,
especially the burning of fossil fuels and

(iii) Natural causes always play a role in changing
Earth's climate, but are now being overwhelmed by human-
induced changes.

(iv) Warming the planet will cause many other climatic
patterns to change at speeds unprecedented in modern
times, including increasing rates of sea-level rise and
alterations in the hydrologic cycle. Rising
concentrations of carbon dioxide are making the oceans
more acidic.

(v) The combination of these complex climate changes
threatens coastal communities and cities, our food and
water supplies, marine and freshwater ecosystems,
forests, high mountain environments, and far more.

Much more can be, and has been, said by the world's
scientific societies, national academies, and
individuals, but these conclusions should be enough to
indicate why scientists are concerned about what future
generations will face from business- as-usual practices.
We urge our policymakers and the public to move forward
immediately to address the causes of climate change,
including the unrestrained burning of fossil fuels.

We also call for an end to McCarthy- like threats of
criminal prosecution against our colleagues based on
innuendo and guilt by association, the harassment of
scientists by politicians seeking distractions to avoid
taking action, and the outright lies being spread about
them. Society has two choices: we can ignore the science
and hide our heads in the sand and hope we are lucky, or
we can act in the public interest to reduce the threat
of global climate change quickly and substantively. The
good news is that smart and effective actions are
possible. But delay must not be an option.

The signatories are all members of the U.S. National
Academy of Sciences but are not speaking on its behalf
or on behalf of their institutions:

Adams, Robert McCormick, University of California, San Diego
Amasino, Richard M, University of Wisconsin
Anders, Edward, University of Chicago
Anderson, David J, California Institute of Technology
Anderson, Wyatt W, University of Georgia
Anselin, Luc E, Arizona State University
Arroyo, Mary Kalin, University of Chile
Asfaw, Berhane, Rift Valley Research Service
Ayala, Francisco J, University of California, Irvine
Bax, Adriaan, National Institutes of Health
Bebbington, Anthony J, University of Manchester
Bell, Gordon, Microsoft Research
Bennett, Michael V L, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Bennetzen, Jeffrey L, University of Georgia
Berenbaum, May R, University of Illinois
Berlin, Overton Brent, University of Georgia
Bjorkman, Pamela J, California Institute of Technology
Blackburn, Elizabeth, University of California, San Francisco
Blamont, Jacques E, Centre National d' Etudes Spatiales
Botchan, Michael R, University of California, Berkeley
Boyer, John S, University of Delaware
Boyle, Ed A, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Branton, Daniel, Harvard University
Briggs, Steven P, University of California, San Diego
Briggs, Winslow R, Carnegie Institution of Washington
Brill, Winston J, Winston J. Brill and Associates
Britten, Roy J, California Institute of Technology
Broecker, Wallace S, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and Columbia University
Brown, James H, University of New Mexico
Brown, Patrick O, Stanford University School of Medicine
Brunger, Axel T, Stanford University
Cairns, Jr John, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Canfield, Donald E, University of Southern Denmark
Carpenter, Stephen R, University of Wisconsin
Carrington, James C, Oregon State University
Cashmore, Anthony R, University of Pennsylvania
Castilla, Juan Carlos, Pontificia Universidad Cat??lica de Chile
Cazenave, Anny, Centre National d' Etudes Spatiales
Chapin, III F, Stuart, University of Alaska
Ciechanover, Aaron J, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
Clapham, David E, Harvard Medical School
Clark, William C, Harvard University
Clayton, Robert N, University of Chicago
Coe, Michael D, Yale University
Conwell, Esther M, University of Rochester
Cowling, Ellis B, North Carolina State University
Cowling, Richard M, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Cox, Charles S, University of California, San Diego
Croteau, Rodney B, Washington State University
Crothers, Donald M, Yale University
Crutzen, Paul J, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry
Daily, Gretchen C, Stanford University
Dalrymple, Brent G, Oregon State University
Dangl, Jeffrey L, University of North Carolina
Darst, Seth A, Rockefeller University
Davies, David R, National Institutes of Health
Davis, Margaret B, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
De Camilli, Pietro V, Yale University School of Medicine
Dean, Caroline, John Innes Centre
DeFries, Ruth S, Columbia University
Deisenhofer, Johann, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Delmer, Deborah P, University of California, Davis
DeLong, Edward F, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
DeRosier, David J, Brandeis University
Diener, Theodor O, University of Maryland
Dirzo, Rodolfo, Stanford University
Dixon, Jack E, Howard Hughes Medical Center
Donoghue, Michael J, Yale University
Doolittle, Russell F, University of California, San Diego
Dunne, Thomas, University of California, Santa Barbara
Ehrlich, Paul R, Stanford University
Eisenstadt, Shmuel N, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Eisner, Thomas, Cornell University
Emanuel, Kerry A, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Englander, Walter S, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Ernst, W, G, Stanford University
Falkowski, Paul G, Rutgers, State University of New Jersey
Feher, George, University of California, San Diego
Ferejohn, John A, Stanford University
Fersht, Sir Alan, University of Cambridge
Fischer, Edmond H, University of Washington
Fischer, Robert, University of California, Berkeley
Flannery, Kent V, University of Michigan
Frank, Joachim, Columbia University
Frey, Perry A, University of Wisconsin
Fridovich, Irwin, Duke University Medical Center
Frieden, Carl, Washington University School of Medicine
Futuyma, Douglas J, Stony Brook University
Gardner, Wilford R, University of California, Berkeley
Garrett, Christopher J R, University of Victoria
Gilbert, Walter, Harvard University
Gleick, Peter H, Pacific Institute, Oakland
Goldberg, Robert B, University of California, Los Angeles
Goodenough, Ward H, University of Pennsylvania
Goodman, Corey S, venBio, LLC
Goodman, Morris, Wayne State University School of Medicine
Greengard, Paul, Rockefeller University
Hake, Sarah, Agricultural Research Service
Hammel, Gene, University of California, Berkeley
Hanson, Susan, Clark University
Harrison, Stephen C, Harvard Medical School
Hart, Stanley R, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Hartl, Daniel L, Harvard University
Haselkorn, Robert, University of Chicago
Hawkes, Kristen, University of Utah
Hayes, John M, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Hille, Bertil, University of Washington
H??kfelt, Tomas, Karolinska Institutet
House, James S, University of Michigan
Hout, Michael, University of California, Berkeley
Hunten, Donald M, University of Arizona
Izquierdo, Ivan A, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul
Jagendorf, Andr?? T, Cornell University
Janzen, Daniel H, University of Pennsylvania
Jeanloz, Raymond, University of California, Berkeley
Jencks, Christopher S, Harvard University
Jury, William A, University of California, Riverside
Kaback, H Ronald, University of California, Los Angeles
Kailath, Thomas, Stanford University
Kay, Paul, International Computer Science Institute
Kay, Steve A, University of California, San Diego
Kennedy, Donald, Stanford University
Kerr, Allen, University of Adelaide
Kessler, Ronald C, Harvard Medical School
Khush, Gurdev S, University of California, Davis
Kieffer, Susan W, University of Illinois
Kirch, Patrick V, University of California, Berkeley
Kirk, Kent C, University of Wisconsin
Kivelson, Margaret G, University of California, Los Angeles
Klinman, Judith P, University of California, Berkeley
Klug, Sir Aaron, Medical Research Council
Knopoff, Leon, University of California, Los Angeles
Kornberg, Sir Hans, Boston University
Kutzbach, John E, University of Wisconsin
Lagarias, J Clark, University of California, Davis
Lambeck, Kurt, Australian National University
Landy, Arthur, Brown University
Langmuir, Charles H, Harvard University
Larkins, Brian A, University of Arizona
Le Pichon, Xavier T, College de France
Lenski, Richard E, Michigan State University
Leopold, Estella B, University of Washington
Levin, Simon A, Princeton University
Levitt, Michael, Stanford University School of Medicine
Likens, Gene E, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Lippincott-Schwartz, Jennifer, National Institutes of Health
Lorand, Laszlo, Northwestern University
Lovejoy, Owen C, Kent State University
Lynch, Michael, Indiana University
Mabogunje, Akin L, Foundation for Development and Environmental Initiatives
Malone, Thomas F, North Carolina State University
Manabe, Syukuro, Princeton University
Marcus, Joyce, University of Michigan
Massey, Douglas S, Princeton University
McWilliams, Jim C, University of California, Los Angeles
Medina, Ernesto, Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research
Melosh, Jay H, Purdue University
Meltzer, David J, Southern Methodist University
Michener, Charles D, University of Kansas
Miles, Edward L, University of Washington
Mooney, Harold A, Stanford University
Moore, Peter B, Yale University
Morel, Francois M M, Princeton University
Mosley-Thompson, Ellen, Ohio State University
Moss, Bernard, National Institutes of Health
Munk, Walter H, University of California, San Diego
Myers, Norman, University of Oxford
Nair, Balakrish G, National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases
Nathans, Jeremy, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Nester, Eugene W, University of Washington
Nicoll, Roger A, University of California, San Francisco
Novick, Richard P, New York University School of Medicine
O'Connell, James F, University of Utah
Olsen, Paul E, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
Opdyke, Neil D, University of Florida
Oster, George F, University of California, Berkeley
Ostrom, Elinor, Indiana University
Pace, Norman R, University of Colorado
Paine, Robert T, University of Washington
Palmiter, Richard D, University of Washington School of Medicine
Pedlosky, Joseph, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Petsko, Gregory A, Brandeis University
Pettengill, Gordon H, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Philander, George S, Princeton University
Piperno, Dolores R, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Pollard, Thomas D, Yale University
Price Jr. Buford P, University of California, Berkeley
Reichard, Peter A, Karolinska Institutet
Reskin, Barbara F, University of Washington
Ricklefs, Robert E, University of Missouri
Rivest, Ronald L, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Roberts, John D, California Institute of Technology
Romney, Kimball A, University of California, Irvine
Rossmann, Michael G, Purdue University
Russell, David W, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center of Dallas
Rutter, William J, Synergenics, LLC
Sabloff, Jeremy A, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology
Sagdeev, Roald Z, University of Maryland
Sahlins, Marshall D, University of Chicago
Salmond, Anne, University of Auckland
Sanes, Joshua R, Harvard University
Schekman, Randy, University of California, Berkeley
Schellnhuber, John, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Schindler, David W, University of Alberta
Schmitt, Johanna, Brown University
Schneider, Stephen H, Woods Institute for the Environment
Schramm, Vern L, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Sederoff Ronald R, North Carolina State University
Shatz, Carla J, Stanford University
Sherman, Fred, University of Rochester Medical Center
Sidman, Richard L, Harvard Medical School
Sieh, Kerry, Nanyang Technological University
Simons, Elwyn L, Duke University Lemur Center
Singer, Burton H, Princeton University
Singer, Maxine F, Carnegie Institution of Washington
Skyrms, Brian, University of California, Irvine
Sleep, Norman H, Stanford University
Smith, Bruce D, Smithsonian Institution
Snyder, Solomon H, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Sokal, Robert R, Stony Brook University
Spencer, Charles S, American Museum of Natural History
Steitz, Thomas A, Yale University
Strier, Karen B, University of Wisconsin
S??dhof, Thomas C, Stanford University School of Medicine
Taylor, Susan S, University of California, San Diego
Terborgh, John, Duke University
Thomas, David Hurst, American Museum of Natural History
Thompson, Lonnie G, Ohio State University
Tjian, Robert T, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Turner, Monica G, University of Wisconsin
Uyeda, Seiya, Tokai University
Valentine, James W, University of California, Berkeley
Valentine, Joan Selverstone, University of California, Los Angeles
Van Etten, James L, University of Nebraska
Van Holde, Kensal E, Oregon State University
Vaughan, Martha, National Institutes of Health
Verba Sidney, Harvard University
Von Hippel, Peter H, University of Oregon
Wake, David B, University of California, Berkeley
Walker, Alan, Pennsylvania State University
Walker John E, Medical Research Council
Watson, Bruce E, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Watson, Patty Jo, Washington University, St. Louis
Weigel, Detlef, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology
Wessler, Susan R, University of Georgia
West-Eberhard, Mary Jane, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
White, Tim D, University of California, Berkeley
Wilson, William Julius, Harvard University
Wolfenden, Richard V, University of North Carolina
Wood, John A, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Woodwell, George M, Woods Hole Research Center
Wright, Jr Herbert E, University of Minnesota
Wu, Carl, National Institutes of Health
Wunsch, Carl, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Date: Mon, 10 May 2010 21:53:30
From: moderator@PORTSIDE.ORG
Subject: Mountaintop Mining Mobilizes Coalfields Musicians

Mountaintop Mining Mobilizes Coalfields Musicians

By Vicki Smith Associated Press Writer

Boston Globe May 4, 2010


When Elaine Purkey sings - in a lonesome voice that is
twangy, angry and thoroughly haunting - she sings for
her people. She channels their rage as mountaintop
removal coal mines flatten their beloved West Virginia
hills to supply the nation with cheap electricity.

"They're tearing up our mountains. They're taking away
our hills," she belts out with eyes closed, the sound
rising from her belly, ringing through the trees.

"They're taking away our homeland - and making valley

Music - honest, unfiltered, often made one person at a
time - is once again a weapon in the coalfields.

Though it began with largely unknown folk artists like
Purkey, even big-name entertainers are embracing its
power in the war over a particularly destructive form
of strip mining that forever reshapes the land.

And they're choosing opposite sides: While Kathy Mattea
headlines an "I Love Mountains" show at the Kentucky
Capitol, Hank Williams Jr. and Ted Nugent star at an
industry-sponsored "Friends of America" gathering on a
former West Virginia strip mine.

On May 19, under a "Music Saves Mountains" banner at
Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, Emmylou Harris, Dave
Matthews and eastern Kentucky native Patty Loveless
will raise money for the Natural Resources Defense
Council's battle to end mountaintop removal.

"If we have a big rally with live music, they have a
big rally with live music," says Lora Smith, who helped
the citizens group Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
produce "Songs for the Mountaintop" in 2006.

"This is an incredibly complex issue, so it's hard to
talk about it in a two-minute song," she acknowledges.
"But it's great for organizing people and doing that
movement-building, to feel like you're part of this
bigger continuum of people."

Music has always been a form of solidarity and
political protest, a medium often more memorable and
more tolerable than a speech. It has a way, through
authentic voice or vivid imagery, of connecting places,
events and ideas to people hundreds or thousands of
miles away.

"We Shall Overcome," a gospel hymn sung by striking
South Carolina tobacco workers in 1945, morphed into
the defining song of the civil rights movement. In
1985, "We Are the World" raised more than $30 million
for African famine relief. Toby Keith's angry, post-
Sept. 11 rant "Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue"
helped galvanize support for the Iraq War.

In the coalfields, it's been more than a distraction,
more than the foundation of a Saturday night dance.
Since the late 1800s, when men dug in the darkness with
pick and shovel, music has educated the illiterate,
identified the enemy, mourned the dead.

Today's songs might be powerful, too. If they could get
beyond the echoing hollows.

Now, only the most successful commercial artists reach
the masses. The songs toted around on iPods, cell
phones and laptops are the catchiest, the most clever,
the best marketed.

Coal country musicians are singing about a problem
that's difficult to explain and about enemies, shielded
by the endless paperwork of multilayered corporations,
who are difficult to name.

If they could find a way to crystallize their message,
the Internet would be there, waiting to carry it.

And people would hear in Elaine Purkey more than one

"So many people are singing this song," says the 60-
year-old wife of a former underground miner. "This is
about so many people and so much destruction and so
much pain. Until you come here and see this thing ...
this monster they call MTR, you cannot imagine what
it's like."

Mountaintop removal is, after all, about perspective.

To companies, it's the most efficient or only way to
reach coal reserves. To folks living nearby, it's the
destruction of majestic scenery and the pollution of
air and water. To surface miners, it's food on the
table and money for the mortgage.

"The places where mountaintop removal has taken place,
we don't call that mountaintop removal. We call that
development," says miner and musician Jessee Mullins of
Seco, Ky., who wrote and recorded "Hey, Tree Hugger"
with wife DeAnna Kaye.

"As the song says, this is where Wal-Mart and Lowe's
and everything else moves in," he says. "It creates
usable land."

Mullins' country-rock tune celebrates the strip miner,
pokes fun at environmentalists and portrays President
Barack Obama as anti-coal, out-of-touch royalty as his
Environmental Protection Agency gives MTR new scrutiny.

To spread its popularity, the Virginia Mining
Association posted Mullins' song on its website. The
West Virginia Coal Association lets visitors download
free pro-mining ring tones.

Before the Internet, though, music was a medium the
people could control. They created it even as coal
companies manipulated nearly every other aspect of
their existence - renting company houses, paying
workers in company scrip to shop in company stores.

Songs educated workers, decried dangerous job
conditions and preserved oral histories of mine
disasters, strikes and shootouts in long, detailed
ballads like Woody Guthrie's "Ludlow Massacre."

"Music is the grave marker of events and the keeper of
history," says Dorothea Hast, an ethnomusicologist at
the University of Connecticut. "Just because someone
isn't in the mainstream doesn't mean the music doesn't
have great power."

But in the 1930s, when Sarah Ogun Gunning sang "I Hate
the Company Bosses," protest music didn't have to reach
the masses. Battles were, for the most part, fought and
resolved locally.

Mountaintop removal is another matter. Fair or not,
state governments that depend on tax revenue are often
perceived as indifferent to individuals and sympathetic
to industry. If the practice is to be stopped, it will
likely be through federal intervention.

The first step toward that, says singer-songwriter Ben
Sollee, is a nationwide conversation.

The 25-year-old from Lexington, Ky., doesn't expect
people to hear him plucking a cello on "Flyrock Blues,"
softly crooning about the fears of people who live near
blasting sites, then sign a petition or hoist a banner.

"Music itself," he acknowledges, "is only as powerful
as the audience that listens to it and makes it their

To spread beyond the mountains, seep into the
collective consciousness and help shape public opinion,
a song about mountaintop mining must be more than funny
or pretty, says Annie Randall, musicology professor at
Pennsylvania's Bucknell University and editor of
"Music, Power and Politics."

It needs a short, catchy melody, simple lyrics and a
strong visual image, all wrapped up in something
memorable and easy to learn. It needs a high-profile
champion like Bruce Springsteen or Loretta Lynn. And it
needs someone with the savvy to make it mainstream.

"It's one thing to be a lovely song, and another thing
to be a pop song where people can learn it in two
seconds and start singing it," Randall says.

Beyonce did it with "Single Ladies," wrapping a
conservative message - if you like it, put a ring on it
- in a hip-hop hit that instantly polarizes Randall's
classroom: When the music starts, boys cringe and girls
wave their hands.

But what is the lone, searing image of mountaintop
removal? A treeless, unpeopled mountain-turned-
moonscape? The dusty, boarded-up home of a family who's
fled? A wallet stuffed with cash?

Until someone figures that out, musicians will continue
to believe in their potential power. As they always
have, they will sing about what they see, where they've
been and where they want to go.

And they will keep trying to bring others along.


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* I know the outline's vague - working this into a paper of sorts -
please comment if it makes any sense at all to you - thanks, Alan -

(thinking about SL, not in terms of RL or extrapolation -if such be
possible - a crude, close to useless, outline below)

deliberately mistaken ontologies of life-worlds

"The SL space is almost always treated as a simulacrum of real life - by
the creators as well! But as an abstracted mathematical topology, it's far
more than that; others will take it farther in the future, already are. I
also want to discuss being-in-mathesis, beyond the SL 'standard' represen-

SL: [describe] = 2 [split choice]
RL: [explain] = 1 [given]


0: neutral
1: obdurate, there is, idiotic real
2: choice / intentionality

0: neitherness, not both A and B, neither A nor B (a priori mathesis)
1: fragility of the good: computer program error, intrinsic
2: error extrinsic, deferment

0: null set
1: universal set
2: split tending towards as-if

1-2: leakages between them
problematic metaphor [0/1/2]: numbers as markers of inscriptions,
  multiplicities, neutralities (the idiotic)

RL: 1: immersive, fundamentally dynamic (potential stases)
  - internal: operated _in_
SL: 2: definable, fundamentally static (real mobility)
  - external operators: operated _on_

Attacking the metaphor: misplaced quantification and ordering among
'plexa,' misplaced mathesis (plexus, from plico, plicatum, to fold,
to knit - Lynd's Class-Book of Etymology, 1861)

suturing in RL: cohering subjectivity, harmonic continuity, incoherent
  and dynamic inscribing
suturing in SL: coherent physics, discordant continuity, coherent
  inscribing (it's inscription that holds it together)

Problematic ontology of SL: mathesis/inscription = what is; the world
  is a world only by virtue of its (visible, sensed) manifestation,
  information clarified and lost, backup of SL
Problematic ontology of RL: virtual particles, information entanglement
  and conservation, no backup

Off the map i -

Nagarjuna and Madhyamaka - emptiness and dependent origination /
dependent arising

Off the map ii -

SL: Think of root originations in server farms, permissions and
  specificies of address
RL: Think of fundamental ontologies under erasure, feynman diagram
  probabilities: what constitutes dependency under probability
  distributions -

Off the map iii -

Physical ontology is always abstracted, as-if
  (SL and anti-conventionalist argument)
There is no _fundamental_ physical ontology

Off the map iv -

Mathesis and Badiou's position - relation to surreal numbers

On the map -

Thinking of SL as abstracted, split, chosen, programmed: anything that is
programmable is possible. Thinking of RL as given, born-into: thought as
conceiving. Consider SL _not_ as subset of RL - as fulcrum; consider SL
as the visual counterpart of the space of Mathematica.

Psychology, psychoanalytics of SL in this case: matrix, borromean knot,
  meta-level jumping (collocation of constructing, dwelling-in)
The body as entangled projections/introjections (jectivity) independent
  of traditional physical constraint or representation
The locus of the body in the physical body (SL as perceptual organ)

The traditional/narratological function of SL = equivalent to cinematic
The non-traditional functioning of SL (above) = processes of dynamic

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