Monday, April 11, 2005


look at this interesting article from the new york times magazine! it's about chimeras, or animals who are injected with other animals' tissue and become partially that other animal. like hairy apes with naked ape brain cells injected into their heads.

i bet you derrideans are just chewing on the ends of your pens waiting to get at this sentence from a bioethicist opposed to the practice--note it has slippage of singifier/signified AND stuff about coinage:

''It has to do with the relationship between signs and their meaning,'' he told me. ''Human appearance is something we should reserve for humans. Anything else that looks human debases the coinage of truth.''

i guess this means that you naked apes like things that look similar to you (like people tell me i'm cute because I look like an old man) but not exactly like you because it is confusing? or because it undermines your belief in the absolute uniqueness of naked apes? i guess it disrupts your ability to recognize the Other (as other) and, thereby, yourself as Self. it must be complicated being a naked ape and preserving your fantasies of the coinage of truth. i just have to worry about which squeakie i want to play with next. maybe the human shaped one?


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