“[T]o impose Reason upon an entire society is a paradoxical and scandalous idea – although one might dispute the righteousness of a society which ridicules this idea while making its own population into objects of total administration. All liberation depends on the consciousness of servitude, and the emergence of this consciousness is always hampered by the predominance of needs and satisfactions.” Marcuse, 16.

As my readers know, I have been publishing on a system called 3/8 for quite some time. Now it is time to commit to writing about a related idea, one that takes up the matter of 3/8 measure in music and building a perpetuum mobile out of this. This PM will then exist beyond our life span of living body (LB) + residual brain activity (RBA). RBA is phantom brain activity taking place after the brain itself has stopped showing signs of activity.

The presence of residual brain activity has been criticized heavily by mainstream science who insists that everything has to be understandable by common sense standards. That we live in a day and age in which this basic approach has been completely undermined by our reliance upon basic technologies that we cannot build or comprehend is being marginalized. A better approach fitting with our times must proceed from an attempt at emotional understanding of the integration of such technologies within society, having taken over the basic level of operations from humans. 3/8 provides such an approach as it supersedes individual attempts at understanding and invites humans to latch onto higher forms of awareness now becoming rapidly available.

There is no need to point out that at one time one can only be aware or conscious of one thing – no matter how ‘high’. In the same vain Luhmann has argued that the era of traditional European super=perspectives is over: whatever such perspectives observe they are blind to everything else. Yet, this one thing can differ in its propensity. For the more sensible among us it would seem that the most beautiful and amazing experiences all happen right in front of us, as part of the mind. To them, knowledge of the world has less to do with empirical evidence and more with getting the right ideas. It is too apparent that such living out one’s ideational life is completely underestimated and wears the mask of risky solitary life.

One could easily connect solitude to the idea of a monocontextural structure. The self-description of society, as insists Luhmann, can however only go hand in hand with polycontextural structure. But look closely here, because this Luhmannian sociological observation is of a second order: scientists have to learn to observe the self-description of society by itself, that is, they have to learn to observe themselves describing themselves. Thus, polycontextural structure can only come within reach through a strongly limiting autopoietic force called self-knowledge. This needs to be a Baron von Munchhausen structure, in other words, pulling itself out of the mud it has been shooting for. The idea of a perpetuum mobile of the mind should be approached in this exact way.

This piece of mind work has to come close to what art is: a breaking out of protective common sense layers of social togetherness and meaning, opening up to a space of dearest and boldest beauty. That place is now occupied completely by logical innovation in chess and programming. It is the place which my writing certainly is unable to express, but in this place one finds a true self that simply longs for the simple, more basic sense of reality. Here one experiences what “comes out of the resistance of communication to communication” (Luhmann, 1998:95). The reason this place is not emotional in our everyday existence is because we constantly look around us and see that what survives all of the hardship is the logical, witty, calculated and procedural attitude.