Vampyroteuthis infernalis by Vilém Flusser

By Vilém Flusser

"Science is fascinating accurately since it pertains to me. it's a human functionality simply up to respiring is: it really is an existential curiosity. And a wholly target technology will be boring, inhuman. the hunt for clinical objectivity is revealing itself in its continuous development now not as a look for "purity", yet as pernicious insanity. the current calls for that we quit the suitable of objectivity in favour of alternative intersubjective medical methods." ---- "De te fabula narratur". hence starts off this paranaturalist treatise by means of Vilém Flusser. writer of the seminal in the direction of a Philosophy of images (1984) and "Ins Universum der Technischen Bilder" (1985), Flusser introduces us right here to an infernal creature from the oceanic abysses, our lengthy misplaced relative, who slowly emerges, no longer from the oceans, yet from our personal depths to gaze spitefully into our eyes and mirror again at us our personal life. ---- initially released merely in German in 1987, this model has been edited and translated by means of Rodrigo Maltez Novaes, Ph.D. candidate on the eu Graduate college, Saas-Fee, lower than the supervision of Prof. Dr. Siegfried Zielinski, from the unique, unpublished and prolonged Brazilian-Portuguese model of the manuscript lately came upon on the Vilém Flusser Archive on the Universität der Künste, Berlin. This version is usually followed by means of a variety of formerly unpublished excerpts from Flusser's correspondence with Milton Vargas and Dora Ferreira da Silva, with whom he mentioned the improvement of the current textual content.

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The foot of the mantle is twisted in such a way that the mouth finds itself in its centre. It therefore can no longer serve for locomotion, so it unfolds into several tentacles that radiate from the mouth and serve as “legs”. (b) The Class Cephalopoda 39 But to thus walk on eight or ten legs proves to be insufficient locomotion. As a consequence it develops another organ for locomotion near the mouth which is an extraordinary organ: the jet. It works like in aeroplanes: it violently expels masses of water that propel the animal backwards with great velocity.

Seen in this way, the quarrel between hereditists and environmentalists reveals itself as mere abstract speculation. Within concrete reality the organism mirrors the environment and the environment mirrors the organism. And as for Reich and games theory, they become abstractions of the Darwinian and Lamarckian abstractions. These preliminary considerations seek to liberate the field from preconceived models when it comes to describing the vampyroteuthian habitat. It seeks to prevent us from approaching the oceans’ abysses loaded with biological theories, or others, and that we do it with the intention of “explaining” Vampyroteuthis’ existence.

Her ovaries are found in the cavity between the sack and the mantle. Copulation is internal, complex and long. It is preceded and followed by prolonged nuptial rites. The male has use of three types of penises. The real penis is a flexible tube that contains the sperm, and that is what penetrates the female cavern. There its tip separates from the penis, advances towards the ovaries, deposits the sperm and dies. This tip regenerates. The second penis has the shape of a spoon which penetrates the female’s mouth during coitus, goes through the teeth on the tongue and excites the female to secrete specific hormones.

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