Josephus Famulus knew the power of anti substance in Hesse’s The Father Confessor:
Neither judging nor forgiving sin was his affair. By listening and understanding he seemed to take upon himself a share of the transgression; he seemed to help to bear it. By remaining silent, he seemed to bury what he had heard and consign it to the past.
Elon Musk warns against the universal antagonist:
People sometimes think technology just automatically gets better every year but actually it doesn't. It only gets better if smart people work like crazy to make it better. That's how any technology actually gets better. By itself, technology, if people don't work at it, actually will decline. Look at the history of civilizations, many civilizations. Look at, say, ancient Egypt, where they were able to build these incredible pyramids and then they basically forgot how to build pyramids. And even hieroglyphics. They forgot how to read hieroglyphics. Or if you look at Rome and how they were able to build these incredible roadways and aqueducts and indoor plumbing, they forgot how to do all of those things. There are many such examples in history. So I think we should always bear in mind that entropy is not on your side.
Reiser + Umemoto share their thoughts in Atlas of Novel Tectonics:
The question then is how one manages or works with these diverse organizations and elements, not merely as an accumulation of the different but as multiplicities within an emergent organization such that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. A proper manipulation and understanding of fineness is crucial to this pursuit.
Reyner Banham wrote about desert quality in Scenes of America Deserta:
The desert is also seen as a place of secrets, where the customary restraints of law and habit are suspended. All true desert lovers are in the terrible quandary that if their beloved desert is to be protected enough to survive, it must also be regulated enough to cease to be desert in the sense that they love. This is a crucial topic in all the desert fancying, and I will return to it…. The desert is also seen as an appropriate place for fantasies. Not only the fantasies of a Bessie Johnson or a Curtis Howe Springer, but the fantasies of dune buggy maniacs and lone hikers, the seekers after legendary gold mines, the exploders of the first atomic devices, the proponents of advanced missile systems and the diggers of gigantic earth sculptures. Never forget that it was in the Mojave that the first claimed UFO sightings took place, and the pioneer conversations with little green men from Venus. In a landscape where nothing officially exists (otherwise it would not be “desert”), absolutely anything becomes thinkable and may consequently happen.
Manuel Delanda explains in Matter Matters:
Bones are interesting for a variety of reasons. Like fiberglass and other composites, they are a hybrid of glue and grit, with collagen playing the role that epoxy resin plays in human-made composites, and tiny mineral crystals playing the role of the thin glass fibers. To the extent that humans have been using composites since they first used straw brick, the principle of combining glue and grit to get novel emergent properties was already known to us.
Pages torn from fashion magazines were sandwiched between a piece of glass and photo paper positioned over a 600-watt light source equipped with an on-off switch.
The photo paper ILFORD Multigrade IV RC Deluxe was designed for B&W film photography designed to map light density information. A black and white gradient is mapped onto the photo paper depending on amount and location of light received.
By flipping the power switch on then off immediately, enough light from the 600 watt bulb is absorbed by the photo paper to make clear visible distinction between white and black producing one blended image. Once the light information is collected, the photo paper is submerged in a sequence of chemicals designed to stop the light collection and make visible the black and white gradient image.
In the world of film photography, this is known as the negative. And to produce a negative one must work inside a room with no ambient light (dark room).