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Technologies for IntuitionCold War Circles and Telepathic Rays$
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Alaina Lemon

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520294271

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520294271.001.0001

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Energy and Extrasensation

Energy and Extrasensation

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(p.45) 2. Energy and Extrasensation
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Technologies for Intuition
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Alaina Lemon

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520294271.003.0003

Capitalist and socialist countries alike accused the other of brainwashing its citizens, creating cogs and robots instead of artists or free thinkers. These worries, again, have historical roots in transnational, imperial-era scientific, spiritual, and artistic conversations about the ways energy and matter create or hinder thought and willful action. We can trace them, for instance, through the ways Russian directors appropriated Western psychophysics and Eastern martial arts and yoga into theatrical training. Means of dividing and aligning energy and matter—as signs of contact and its failures—have proliferated across media for performance. On various stages, energy and matter are shaped to test for free movements of thought or feeling, the impulses that belie automation. At the same time, it is by attending to the social division of sensory fields—and to differences among ways those divisions are themselves made visible or not—that we can see where efforts to signal contact lead to additional, unexpected effects.

Keywords:   energy, automation, psychophysics, biomechanics, mediation, materiality of thought, division of sensory labors, interpretants

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