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By The Late John Brockman (1969)
believe any of this. Place no value in the book, in the author. Give
it up, the idea of author, of truth. Give up all belief: believe only
in yourself. You: you are nothing but my experience. Me: I don't.
I don't believe any of this."
a Dead Sea Scroll or long-vaulted Beatles outtake reel, By the
Late John Brockman is destined to recontextualize the works of
a century's greatest thinkers. First published thirty years ago, this
radical, seminal work emerges only now, at the dawn of the 21st Century,
as a remarkably prescient topology of the landscape directly ahead.
This sequence of plainspoken textual fractals are at once soothing
and mind-blowing, disorienting yet familiar. Herein lie the navigational
keys to the ever changing map of human consciousness."
most important book since Wittgenstein's Tractatus."
epistomologists first wrestled with, and are now slowly beginning
to understand, the last proposition (No. 7) of Wittgenstein’s
Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus: “Of which we cannot speak we
have to remain silent.” Brockman understands. (His words) silence
themselves. His last proposition (No. 292) is: “Nobody knows,
and you can’t find out.”
are certain writers whose thought is so important that it doesn't
matter whether you agree with them or not. A verbal tension so powerful,
an ascetic appetite so huge and consuming forces us both to accept
the vision as a revelation and to resist it as a duty. By The
Late John Brockman deserves to be read and experienced as few
books do in these times of informational overload.
unique living fishnet which captures important ideas... there are
flashes of cosmic humor, dispassionate critiques, important operations
of the mind, and a super head trip."
There are certain writers whose thought is so important that it doesn't matter whether you agree with them or not.
In 1969 and 1973, the first volumes of John Brockman's work were published. By The Late John Brockman (Macmillan) and 37 (Holt Rinehart and Winston) received little notice when they appeared. These two early works have been included in his remarkable Afterwords (Anchor Press, 1973), a book which has stirred profound interest among his contemporaries because of the serious challenge it poses to contemporary ideas of language, thought, and reality. Many people are beginning to believe that Brockman, at 33, is unique among the writers and thinkers of our time. Still, the public reception to his work remains, at best, a puzzled silence. This volume is the first attempt to remedy the situation by offering readers a series of approaches to his work.
The Symposium consists of contributions by artists, critics, cyberneticists, logicians, mathematicians, novelists, philosophers, poets, and sociologists. Each of the contributors has an established reputation in his own field: Jay Bail, Jeff Berner, Magda Cordell, Ira Einhorn, Hugh Fox, John Hackett, Dan Isacc, Douglas Kelley, Richard Kostelanetz, Paul A. Lee, John C. Lilly, John McHale, Richard Morris, Michael Perkins, R.S. Picciotto, Bern Porter, Edwin Schlossberg, Alan Sondheim, Gerd Stern, Heinz Von Foerster.
The Third Culture (1995)
most important book on how science is done since The Double Helix."
Michael Ovitz of the New Intellectual Elite....High octane literary
agent John Brockman has been a powerful presence in the American cultural
vanguard for the past 30 years."
a valuable and engrossing document."
A provocative author and intellectual himself....he is the lead catalyst
for the books title concept."
for surprisingly good reading. The voices of the scholars Brockman has
edted are clear fluent and insightful...one gets a good feel for the
kind of intellectual ferment that attracted Brockman to scientists.
rousing read full of bloodthirsty intellectual combat."
less than fascinating, either because some of the pundits are interesting
or because they slag each other off. Oddly enough, everyone is relentlessly
polite about Bill Gates. Fun to dip into."
worthy read--the revenge of the nerd is far from over, and this book
might just show you why."
get the joy of listening to these fascinating people speak--sometimes
from their well-polished soapboxes and sometimes with their guards down.
Many of these people we know from their writings, but there's a fresh
rhythm and excitement to their words when they come from their mouths
instead of their word processors."