But Mike...wait! Sense and nonsense can't go together...that would be nonsense. But it would make some sense, because it has some, but ...

Alice breathes, and the house overlooking the citie(s) disappears, and here we are in a f*cked city, apparently on a path to the the bright city, one which we cannot get to without cross a bridge, which will likely collapse. And for the moment, I am amazed at the beauty of the light cast by a street-lamp.

So, what's all this gayety have to do with the Gay Sci? What the hell is Alan Turing doing in our dreams? It's what drives him.

"Turing, at one time, for a time, was the Man. He decoded the Enigma along with Polish cryptanalysts: he messed up the Germans in WWII. The chances of cracking the U-boat Enigma had been, according to his own calculations, fifty-thousand-to-one against. The British analysts made sixty sets of perforated sheets 'that were required for the first 'female' method - now swollen to a colossal task of examining a million rotor settings. He cracked the code and turned the tide, determining the outcome of the war. Turing is not an obscure figure; it's not as though he was deep-sixed, but his name has not achieved the stature that is owed it, and he should by all rights be up there with his contemporaries and friends he should be as imposing as Wittgenstein, as inexorable as Einstein, and as decisive as Gödel." (Pp. 51-52)

"The way Turing approaches the problem turns up in different, often disguised forms in this work, so it may be worth nothing here, remembering as well that Turing associates his theorem with beauty." (Pp. 52)

"Busted." (Pp. 53)

"But, that's nonsense. It's about the science right? Good stuff is good stuff. It doesn't matter if you're black or white, gay or straight, male or female. We're all the same." Nonsense.

Most times, one doesn't really know when the apocalyptic kiss is going to strike. Doesn't really matter I suppose does it? What we do know, is that the curtain is going to fall eventually. The most disconcerting aspect would be that so many times we're sold down the river by those closest to us. Symptom of a downer.

"The somewhat absentminded professor Alan Turing, not particularly expecting to be nabbed as a sexual outlaw, went to the police station one day to report a suspected burglary - a few items were missing, distinctly banal items. He was chatty. In the course of the explication, the professor mentioned his association with Arnold Murray, and it soon became clear to the official interlocutor that Alan and Arnold were or had been a couple. Turing was surprised that the suggestion of intimacy with Mr. Murray should earn him public reprobation. ... Busted." (Pp. 53)

Try again interlocutor.

Bad readings suck.

So, why the step back? Turing wasn't part of this assignment. Right, but he was there all along. Remember, he was part of what drove this entire journey. He's been in this engine all along.


"The philosophy of the future, Nietzsche projects, belongs to the testers and attempters, to those who are willing to risk themselves on the Versuch: "A new species of philosophers is coming up; I venture to baptize them with a name that is not free of danger. As I unriddle them, insofar as they allow themselves to be unriddled - for it belongs to their nature to want to remain riddles at some point - these philosophers of the future may have a right - it might also be a wrong - to be called attempters [Versucher: tempters, testers, experimenters]." (Ronell, 2005, Pp. 133)

"Can democracy thrive, one wonders, without a recognizable state formation, or at least along the lines of a reconfigured notion of nation? Derrida offers: 'Today the acceleration of technicization concerns the border of the nation state.' This issue needs 'to be completely reconsidered, not in order to sound the death knell of democracy, but to rethink democracy from within these conditions.' His tone, if not altogether apocalyptic, remains emphatic about the task at hand: 'this rethinking ... must not be postponed, it is immediate and urgent.'" (Pp. 134-135)

"The coming philosophers, whom Nietzsche also calls 'these severe spirits,' will demonstrate 'a shrewd courage, the ability to stand alone and give an account of themselves. Indeed, they admit to a pleasure in saying No and in taking things apart, and to a certain levelheaded cruelty that knows how to handle a knife surely and subtly, even when the heart bleeds. They will be harder (and perhaps not always only against themselves) than humane people might wish; they will not dally with 'truth' to be 'pleased' or 'elevated' or 'inspired' by her. On the contrary, they will have little faith that truth of all things should be accompanied by such amusements for our feelings.'" (Pp. 136)

"'With a creative hand they reach for the future, and all that is and has been becomes a means for them, an instrument, a hammer. Their 'knowing' is creating, their creating is a legislation, their will to truth is - will to power.'" (Pp. 137)

"Yet the notion of failure is not so simple as that - it is no longer necessarily limited to just one perspective of temporality, as if temporality were part of a game in which the fate of positing could be called once and for all. Or, as if one were not willed to crash against walls or succumb to more speculative points of resistance. The genuine philosopher scores failure time and again. The crash course is part of the deal struck with the game or contract for which the genuine philosopher has signed on. This figure 'lives 'unphilosophically' and 'unwisely,' above all imprudently, and feels the burden and the duty of a hundred attempts and temptations of life - he risks himself constantly, he plays the wicked game -.' The hundred attempts and temptations - the tests and trials, the inescapable ordeals - are, Nietzsche insists, a burden and duty felt by the philosopher who risks everything as s/he plays beyond good and evil." (Pp. 137-138)

"The one who stands up against the ranks of stupidity is one who submits to the test. But, this being Nietzsche's call, the test is never over or in some reliable sense passable: it needs to be taken and retaken and finally judged without witnesses or administrators of easy intelligibilities. It depends, moreover, on the right timing: 'One has to test oneself to see that one is destined for independence and command - and do it a the right time. One should not dodge one's tests, though they may be the most dangerous game one could play and are tests that are taken in the end before no witness or judge but ourselves.'" (Pp. 139)

"In other words, moreover, one should not multiply - or, at least getting away from biblical commands, as Nietzsche does, one should not multiply indifferently; one should not be hospitable to those indiscriminate and parasitic demands that utterly destroy the one being tested." (Pp. 144)

"Extreme submission to the test - this is what the test requires - runs the risk of wearing down to the point of obliterating the one being tested. This peril advisory comes close to the current Nietzschean cliché, What won't kill you will make you stronger. Yet - assuming this peculiar perspective to be viable - one needs to come close to the killing point before suddenly desisting." (Pp. 145)

"Is there a test that could call itself off without renouncing itself? In a more lab-oriented sense, Nietzsche perhaps indicates here another logic of the test that manages to maintain the integrity of the object or material submitted for testing..." (Pp. 145)

"No matter how controlled, we cannot know where it [science] is going." (Pp. 157)

"Science comes at a high price, for God's failure leaves a bankrupt historical account. Correspondingly, the walled up stores of meaning that had held things together are bound to crumble. As premature birth of the coming century, Nietzsche carries himself over to a time of the ruptured horizon, proclaiming the end as an unprecedented opening." (Pp. 158)

"Testing, which we read as one of the prevailing figures of our modernity, still makes claims of absoluteness (something has been tested and proved; we have test results), but in the form of temporariness." (Pp. 164)

"When Nietzsche installs love as a motor force behind the scientific urge, he does so to open the scene for an unprecedented generosity of being capable of melting the moral ice age and a history of intellectual arrest; until now, knowledge has been deterred from supporting the limber stretch exercises of human beings. To this end, love supplants the deep freeze of moral valuations, rendering the scientific pursuit on a par with what is felt to be irresistible." (Pp. 178)

"If the Gay Sci has sought us out and is meant to speak to us today, then it will have had to stand the test of time, which does not limit the text to a vulgar little quiz involving applicability and whether or not one 'buys it,' but is disclosive of the way in which the Nietzschean insight relates to itself as its own future, its own labor and announced commitments." (Pp. 181)