Heuretics is the method of an experimental humanities. The invention of an electrate practice is aided by the use of the CATTt generator (a matrix of discourse sources: Contrast, Analogy, Theory, Target, tale). The Theory for the primary experiment conducted within this blog as tale comes from Gilles Deleuze’s reading of Spinoza:
No one knows ahead of time the affects one is capable of; it is a long affair of experimentation, requiring a lasting prudence.
The principle taken up from Spinoza is conatus (a Latin term): striving to persevere in one’s own being. Conatus refers to the life principle, the drive to live and thrive. It exists in a family of related terms, including Aristotle’s entelechy, the Greek daimon, translated into Latin as genius, Leibniz’s monad, Nietzsche’s will to power, Heidegger’s dasein. The Chinese notion of ch’i (shi, qi) could be included as well.
Conatus names the dimension of human potential specifically adressed, augmented, rendered virtually in the digital prosthesis and thus enhanced. Electracy does for the affective body what literacy did for the cognitive mind. The point to notice for this experiment is the shift in electrate rhetoric away from communication addressing or seducing others, to the auto-affection of the middle voice. This blog, in other words, to the extent that it is the tale of the CATTt for this experimental invention of Expression, is auto-affective, self-addressed, to experiment with my own capacity to be affected.
You will have asked yourself: what is that, for me?