By Roy Wagner
An Anthropology of the topic rounds out the theoretical-philosophical cosmos of 1 of the 20 th century's such a lot intellectually adventurous anthropologists. Roy Wagner, having grew to become "culture" and "symbols" inside of out (in the discovery of tradition and emblems That Stand for Themselves, respectively), now does an analogous for the "subject" and subjectivity. In learning the human topic and how human tradition mirrors itself, Wagner has redefined holography as "the detailed equivalence, or accomplished identification, of half and entire in any human contingency."
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Predictable”) model at all, for its very holographic potential resides in the fact that it is a moving partwhole occlusion. By the same token, however, it is not recoverable either, in the sense of being able to recall personal or collective experiences exactly (as “constructions of reality,” for instance), for the very effort of trying to remember what took place sets up a new and necessarily quite different version of its subject. Another milestone along the trajectory of the moving holography, and with the “personal” and “collective” components already taking different roles.
The same problem would beset intention as well; what one could not remember, one could not intend, given that intention and memory share the same description. 2 So if we take “demonstration” to mean anything an experientialist would intend as doing or performing the rite, or a structuralist or semioticist as signifying it, “exotic” would mean the power of its estrangement. What is performed in it or how it operates is precisely the part that is obscure to its actors or witnesses, that belongs to no one.
The net of Indra. 01-C1488-P1 12/13/00 1:44 PM Page 15 TO BE CAUGHT IN INDRA’S NET 15 our knowledge of it is not “temporal” at all. It is simply convergent (then as now, now as then), or rather it is the simple, brute fact of convergence itself in spite of rather than through, or because of the separations and distinctions made to give it a sequential character, a temporal configuration. So the reconvergence of Indra with any image one might make of him is like the shape of the wheel in time. The double imaging of an object with its own “working,” or usefulness, the wheel is present to our contemporary lives in uncountable ways, yet it is unaccountable as to its actual origination or invention.
An Anthropology of the Subject: Holographic Worldview in New Guinea and Its Meaning and Significance for the World of Anthropology by Roy Wagner