Simulacrum – a “mere” image; an empty copy devoid of spirit

Derrida does to writing what Gödel does to FOLs; that is not to destroy it, but rather delineate its abstraction from the coveted “really real.” And such, one must wonder – in a conversation discussing Derrida, is his writing being understood or further obfuscated to a cloud of unity with each successive link in the chain (derrida’s thought->derrida’s writing->reader’s ‘uptake’ of language in writing-> reader’s understanding/decoding of said language-> reader’s re-encoding to transmit thoughts to reader B …) Ah, the simulacrum.

And so we have the myth of myth/god/engineer. The Judeo-Christian story of creation has we humans created out of God’s image; as such the/a Christian ethic is to try to re-attain that state of perfection… to transcend the bricolage and “go engineer”, perhaps? Myth/god/engineer, it seems, exists as if to provide a baseline opposition. “In the beginning, God (delineated, separated) the heaven (from the) the earth.” What about, simply, “In the beginning, God.” As such, at least in Judeo-Christian faiths, God becomes the ‘ultimate’ other from which we are able to define ourselves and surroundings… but I’m getting way away from Derrida.


For simulacra in movies, check out basically anything written by Charlie Kaufman... Adaptation, Being John Malkovich, and Human Nature and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind to a lesser extent... but if you only see one, see Adaptation, because it will rock your face off. Email me (hildeb) if you want to borrow the DVD.