Talk:Anti-Oedipus

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haha human machine go brrr[edit]

yall took down my "haha human machine go brrr" meme, i see how it is SShinx (talk) 14:45, 17 August 2021 (UTC)

When uploading images that are likely to be copyrighted, you need to 1) State in the upload where it came from (attribution) 2) Choose the licensing that is applicable 3) If using fair use licensing, confirm that the image is of relatively low resolution.
Book cover images, by the way, are usually considered fair use because they are used to promote the sale of the book (this is Amazon's excuse, for example). Bongolian (talk) 16:50, 17 August 2021 (UTC)

The good insights issue[edit]

I think that what you wrote overall is good, @SShinx. The problems that I have on the page are with what appears to be your overall conclusion in this sentence:

β€œβ€Even if it is seen as slightly outdated, the text is still a good framework for revolutionary change and puts forth many good insights into psychoanalysis and authoritarian culture.

First since you yourself wrote that the book is "nearly incomprehensible", I don't see how "good insights" are going to be forthcoming. Its near-incomprehensibility would seem to lead into multiple- and mis-interpretations. Second, it's not clear what you (or the authors) are referring to with revolution: is it in psychology, sex, politics or something else? Why would a nearly incomprehensible text be useful for anyone except academics? Third, how can the book provide insights into psychoanalysis when it is basically pseudopsychology of a different type than Freud's? Bongolian (talk) 04:06, 20 August 2021 (UTC)


Excuse my formatting, still getting use to the site. First and foremost, yes, it is nearly incomprehensible, especially on a first read. Though, it is not incomprehensible like time cube is, but more like how The Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant is incomprehensible on first read. D&G make their texts difficult via there language and sentence construction not because of any wiggle room in their arguments. In certain parts, you are right, I am for sure projecting assumptions in which I have not provided evidence for. The revolutionary character of D&G's writing is very interesting. Fundamentally, it is not restricted to just politics or psychology. The idea of freeing desire from dogmatic frameworks/ideology is one of the main goals of Anti-Oedipus (which admittedly I have not gone into depth about). I will make it a goal to expand upon it. I think the only thing I will claim as completely disagreeable is your claim about psychoanalysis and the insights they make. There's an entire section about their analysis of Freudian psychology (the way it constructs desire, how it falls in line with modernist thinking, and their main claim that it is just flat-out too restrictive for how chaotic humans are). You may consider it pseudo-psychology (even though I disagree), you have to admit that it is less dogmatic and assumption heavy than psychoanalysis which is definetly a improvement SShinx (talk) 13:42, 20 August 2021 (UTC)
I also think it's noteworthy that after 5 decades, schizoanalysis is barely mentioned in the medical literature (only 8 papers)[1], whereas psychoanalysis has 13,000 papers.[2] Mental health professionals do not seem to have taken the idea of schizoanalysis seriously. Bongolian (talk) 18:49, 20 August 2021 (UTC)
I also think it's noteworthy that I didn't mention schizoanalysis at all in my response to you πŸ’€ the article alludes to it but the insights given to psychoanalysis very much live independently to schizoanalysis (though they are used to support it). I plan to create another article on schizoanalysis and how it plays into modern psychology, but this article was supposed to highlight the arguments in the book. So yeah, I don't understand your critique and it seems to ignore everything I said in my response. SShinx (talk) 05:45, 21 August 2021 (UTC)
The reason that I brought up schizoanalysis is that I presumed you were alluding to it when you wrote, "…puts forth many good insights into psychoanalysis…". Unless you can explain how the book's description of psychology (or schizoanalysis specifically) is evidence-based, then it is indeed pseudopsychology. That is just like medicine that is not evidence-based is pseudo-medicine (a.k.a., alternative medicine). Unless you can cite evidence for that particular statement, it amounts to your opinion, and it will get removed sooner or later. Bongolian (talk) 19:08, 22 August 2021 (UTC)
@SShinx I'm going to try to interpret your arguments charitably i.e. I'll put myself in your shoes, and I'll try to render your arguments faithfully and plausibly. I hope that a charitable interpretation (which I shall indicate via italics) will allow me to gain a clearer picture of your argumentβ€”one that yields fruit, as opposed to dry leaves.
SShinx writes: "D&G make their texts difficult via there language and sentence construction not because of any wiggle room in their arguments."
My charitable interpretation: D&G's texts are difficult because their grammar is different from the grammars that output the well-formed sentences of most languages.
My comments on my interpretation: If D&G can't provide a grammar for their language, one which would produce well-formed sentences as its output, then valid reasoning cannot occur. LeucippusSalva veritate 22:37, 22 August 2021 (UTC)
Nonconventional grammar does not equal invalid sentences. The grammar is hard because it is unusual, but it is very much consistent. Also, their critique of psychoanalysis is logic based most of the time and therefore needs no "evidence", the evidence is the contradictions they reveal within psychoanalysis. Even though D&G believe their critiques to supplement schizoanalysis, the arguments exist independently of the practice. It's like saying Lacan didn't have any good insights into psychoanalysis because his psychology was pseudoscience, he still provided changes to psychoanalysis which made it less worse. Marx didn't need evidence for Capital since it was a work of theoretical framework. SShinx (talk) 15:37, 23 August 2021 (UTC)
Yes, they can be correct in their criticism of Freudian psychoanalysis, but that does not necessarily mean that their schizoanalysis is valid. I think you should be clearer about that on the main page. Bongolian (talk) 17:35, 23 August 2021 (UTC)
Cool, that's what I always intended. That's why I put "insights" and not "prescriptive psychology". Insights (being a set of observations from a state of understanding), is plently clear and I don't intend to change it. SShinx (talk) 13:15, 24 August 2021 (UTC)

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1. Desire as production, not lack.(big one) 2. As shown by the schizophrenic, desire doesn't have to conform to the oedipal triangle and even by itself, the triangle is obviously restrictive. (To be fair, not all of those going forward are present in the article since I'm a full-time student and it is hard to find time) 3. Psychoanalysis has been used as a tool to curb revolutionary practice via its tendency to relate any hatred of authority to the Oedipal complex and not resisting that hate is failing your maturation. 4. Historically, Oedipus doesn't make sense "it is doubtful incest was a real issue in previous societies" or something along those lines. SShinx (talk) 18:10, 17 September 2021 (UTC)

Sokal and his relationship to Deleuze[edit]

@Leucippus Yes, Sokal wrote a chapter about Deleuze and Guattari and the he had made some good insights in the book, but not in that chapter. He misunderstands Deleuze's use of antiquated mathematics as an example of image-of-thought (the territories of thinking, usually examined historically). There are no substantive criticism of Deleuze that is made SShinx (talk) 14:31, 20 September 2021 (UTC)

I find it implausible that something so intentionally opaque as postmodernist writing can be misinterpreted. The other problems with this book, as I've indicated on the main page, are 1) that there's almost no interest in it or consequence from it among psychologists after the passage of decades, and 2) that it challenges something (Freudianism) that is unscientific[3] with something else that is unscientific, with a distorted view of schizophrenia. In short, DG may hae shown that Freud was wrong, but that is far from showing that DG is right. Bongolian (talk) 17:17, 20 September 2021 (UTC)
1. Even though postmodernist writing is opaque, that doesn't mean that there is no normative consensus. The idea of image-of-thought is incredibly clear (one of Deleuze's most clear ideas). 2. Yes, the book didn't really do too much in psychoanalytic circles, and? 3. I don't understand what your point is. Yes, Schizoanalysis is technically a pseudoscience in some respects. You guys (you and the other guy who kept reverting my edits) are legitimately being cringe right now because you're acting as if this is a debate over the book's integrity. I don't care about Deleuze and Guattari's ideas, they may reflect reality, they may not. I wrote this page because it's a bit of a really interesting and weird theory on psychology and authoritarianism.SShinx (talk) 18:14, 20 September 2021 (UTC)