element 2: an image of thought

The prickling hairs on the back of a dog eating its meal. This is an image without a photo; a writing image, or an image of thought. The image is a distillation from two paragraphs in a sequence regarding perception by Gilles Deleuze in The Fold: Leibniz and the Baroque. Gottfreid Leibniz developed the notion of monad (the smallest possible unextended unit, without parts), and via the monad he imagined that everything in the universe could be calculable. The image in this case, is less a picture and more a feeling or, more succinctly, a sensation: physical effect plus emotional turbulence. Neither waiting nor non-waiting, perhaps awareness, readiness — for flight or fight — whatever, but certainly pre-language, other than language if language be the terrain of cognition and transmission of information. Leibniz called a monad an entelechy which emphasized its role as a centre of force rather than an ultimate bearer of qualities. As centres of force monads act to unify substances into aggregates and compositions, including (Leibniz writes) imperfecta mixta. [1]
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[1] Peter Remnant and Jonathon Bennett, ed. and trans., Leibniz: New Essays on Human Understanding (Cambridge: Cambridge U. P. 1996) Bk II "Of Words" Ch. vi "Of the names of substances": pp 329