The ‘Imaginary solution’

as idea.


The word ‘idea’ is Greek (to you and me). In ancient Greece the word ‘idea’, as a private imaginary solution, was deemed mean, ‘form or pattern.’ The private fantasy of ‘idea’ was derived from the verb idein, meaning1 ‘to see.’


When the Greek word ‘idea’ was introduced into the English language it was deliberately left untranslated,2 hence meaningless, empty. And that allowed its user to superimpose any meaning (as placebo) upon it.3


Of course, some ancient Greeks, such as the fantasist Plato, were discrete observers who had deduced (and so imagined) that all that is allegedly ‘seen’4 is mere private analogous representation in a private language.5 From which they reasoned, correctly, that no one can know with certainty what is happening outside the observer,6 and who is merely responding to random events.7,8




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In short, the ancient Greeks already knew, as did the ancient Indians,9 that every human actually lives out a private fantasy consisting of a stream of autonomous responses to random contacts10 plus a stream of higher survival probability permutations made realistic by discretely discontinuous contact with quantised incoming random events/momenta or quantised internal replay streams.


So it is that Jarry’s ‘imaginary solution’11 is merely a synonym for ‘idea’ and which in turn is a synonym for (private analogue) image, phantasy, fiction and so on.











1.    i.e., to the Greek but to no one else.

2.    Hence occult, secret.

3.    Google offers 53 synonyms of the word ‘idea’, all private fantasies.

4.    i.e., imagined, fantasized, fictionalised, depicted, re-presented (in private analogue) and so on.

5.    None of Plato’s works (nor those of Aristotle, another great Greek fantasist and failed pedagogue of ‘whose gifts one should be wary indeed’) have ever been translated literally into English. If the word ‘seen’ were inserted into the text every time the untranslated Greek word ‘idea’ is used, then Plato’s texts would read very differently and therefore take on an entirely different meaning.

6.    The observer’s (indeed any emergent’s) response to contact/instruction from without happens as a private fantasy determined by data input selection, capacity and range, processing software, memory as filter and relativisation grid, analogue representation of digital input efficiency and so on. All quasi observers and all observed (i.e., the private responses to data input) operate as (solipsistic) monads that feed selectively and digest and respond with expedient self-reconfiguration decided by survival needs. Hence the ‘world’ (as self-representation) that emerges to an individual (i.e., his/her identity) is shaped as the ‘best possible’ and most likely to secure self-preservation.

7.    For ‘random event’ (and which alone carries instruction) read: quantised (hence defined/certain) momentum (i.e., energy packets). For ‘’random event’ read: a quantum of difference (that alone makes a difference). Note that the ‘random event’ that strikes (i.e., the human transmuter) is absurd. It is the random event responder’s basic (bootstrap) function to transform the absurd (i.e., the disordered or chaotic) into the meaningful (i.e., the ordered). The very natural transmuter function is human artifice, in a word, (always private, because individual/particular) private art.

8.    It should be noted that no two emergent, being defined quanta, ever merge as such. They collide/touch or their emissions collide (always in a relativity vacuum), thereby creating a moment of absolute realness. A series of such random collisions, when repeating, generate the illusion of a message.

9.    Some ancient Indian observers (actually idiosyncratic responders) went even further and fantasised that the entire (and every) universe of quantised events, such as the cosmos, a human or a colour or smell, was itself merely the play of private (i.e., localised) fantasy and which some named ‘The Dance of Shiva’ and others ‘The Lila of Maya’, the latter when translated into brogue meaning ‘The Play of Illusion.’ Idem Shakespeare’s comment: “All the world’s a stage etc.,.

10.     And for which English speakers use the Latin term consciousness. Consciousness (i.e., the automatic and blind navigation function) is generated as a stream of analogue, hence user-friendly solutions representing systems’ states. The navigation function serves to present the given state (of survival), grounded upon the peripheral affect of realness deriving from discrete data impact (i.e., pressure), and generate probable outcomes (all fantasies) that enhance survival capacity.

11.     An ‘imaginary solution’ happens as an attempt (as innovation or invention) at initiating a private survival upgrade, therefore happens after (hence meta-) realization of the initial natural (dynamic, hence decaying) state, elsewhere called nature or physics.  In Pataphysical understanding what comes after nature is not (the wholly meaningless) meta-physics but natural human artifice, in a word, ART (i.e., as supplemental (i.e. differential) universe) and which is always private (or ‘particular’, so Jarry).