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1. Exceptionally great concentration, power, or force.
2. Physics. The amount or degree of strength of electricity, light, heat, or sound per unit area or volume.
3. Color. a. The strength of a color, especially the degree to which it lacks its complementary color. b. saturation.
degree: amplitude, extent,
intensity, frequency, magnitude, size, quantity
greatness: mightiness, might, strength, intensity, power, influence
vigorousness: intensity, high pressure, strength
light: illumination, irradiation, splendor, resplendence, effulgence, refulgence, intensity, brightness, vividness, brilliance
hue: brilliance, intensity, warmth, loudness
All of childhood's unanswered questions must finally
be passed back to the town and answered there. Heroes and bogey men, values
and dislikes, are first encountered and labeled in that early environment.
In later years they change faces, places and maybe races, tactics, intensities
and goals, but beneath those penetrable masks they wear forever the stocking-capped
faces of childhood.
Maya Angelou (b. 1928), U.S. author. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, ch. 4 (1969), said of one's hometown.
Existence is no more than
the precarious attainment of relevance
in an intensely mobile flux
of past, present, and future.
Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. essayist. Styles of Radical Will, "'Thinking Against Oneself': Reflections on Cioran" (1969).
Talent is an amalgam of high
sensitivity; easy vulnerability; high sensory equipment (seeing, hearing,
touching, smelling, tasting- intensely); a vivid imagination
as well as a grip on reality;
the desire to communicate one's own experience and sensations, to make
one's self heard and seen.
Uta Hagen (b. 1919), U.S. actor. Respect for Acting, pt. 1, ch. 1 (1973).
A man, to be greatly good, must imagine intensely
and comprehensively; he must put himself in the place of another and of
many others; the pains and pleasures of his species must become his own.
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), English poet. A Defence of Poetry (written 1821; published 1840).
The village had institutionalized
all human functions in forms of low intensity. . . . Participation was
high and organization was low. This is the formula for stability.
Marshall McLuhan (1911-80), Canadian communications theorist. Understanding Media, ch. 10 (1964).
A man of my spiritual intensity
does not eat corpses.
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Quoted in: Hesketh Pearson, Bernard Shaw: His Life and Personality, ch. 9 (1942). Shaw, Pearson reported, believed vegetarians had radically different experiences from meat-eaters: "The odd thing about being a vegetarian is, not that the things that happen to other people don't happen to me- they all do- but that they happen differently: pain is different, pleasure different, fever different, cold different, even love different."
The love of the famous, like all strong passions,
is quite abstract. Its intensity can be measured mathematically, and it
is independent of persons.
Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. essayist. The Benefactor, ch. 9 (1963).
The modern nose, like the
modern eye, has developed a sort of microscopic, intercellular intensity
which makes our human contacts
painful and revolting.
Marshall McLuhan (1911-80), Canadian communications theorist. The Mechanical Bride, "How Not to Offend" (1951).
We are told that talent creates
its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates
not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.
Eric Hoffer (1902-83), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 18 (1955).
Anthropology has always struggled with an intense,
fascinated repulsion towards its subject. . . . [The anthropologist] submits
himself to the exotic to confirm his own inner alienation
as an urban intellectual.
Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. essayist. Quoted in: Neville Dyson-Hudson, "Structure and Infrastructure in Primitive Society" (published in The Structuralist Controversy, ed. by R. Macksey and E. Donato, 1970).
Class is rarely talked about
in the United States; nowhere is there a more intense silence about the
reality of class differences than in educational settings.
bell hooks (b. c. 1955), African American author and educator. Teaching to Transgress, ch. 12 (1994). hooks had been raised in very modest circumstances in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.
When the intensity of emotional
conviction subsides, a man who is in the habit of reasoning will search
for logical grounds in favour of the belief which he finds in himself.
Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher, mathematician. A Free Man's Worship and Other Essays, ch. 2 (1976).
To revolt is a natural tendency of life. Even a
worm turns against the foot that crushes it. In general, the vitality and
relative dignity of an animal can be measured by the intensity of its instinct
Mikhail Bakunin (1814-76), Russian political theorist. The International and Karl Marx (1872; repr. in Bakunin on Anarchism, ed. by Sam Dolgoff, 1980).
Fashion is the most intense
expression of the phenomenon of neomania, which has grown ever since the
birth of capitalism. Neomania assumes that purchasing the new is the same
as acquiring value. . . . If the purchase of a new garment coincides with
the wearing out of an old one, then obviously there is no fashion. If a
garment is worn beyond the moment of its natural replacement, there is
pauperization. Fashion flourishes on surplus, when someone buys more than
he or she needs.
Stephen Bayley (b. 1951), British design critic. Taste, pt. 2, "Fashion: Being and Dressing" (1991).
The freeway experience .
. . is the only secular communion Los Angeles has. . . . Actual participation
requires a total surrender, a concentration so intense as to seem a kind
of narcosis, a rapture-of-the-freeway. The mind goes clean. The rhythm
Joan Didion (b. 1935), U.S. essayist. The White Album, "The Bureaucrats" (1979; first published 1976).
Cities and City Life
The cities of the world are concentric, isomorphic,
synchronic. Only one exists and you are always in the same one. It's the
effect of their permanent revolution, their intense circulation, their
Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. Cool Memories, ch. 3 (1987; tr. 1990).
Not many appreciate the ultimate
power and potential usefulness of basic knowledge accumulated by obscure,
unseen investigators who, in a lifetime of intensive study, may never see
any practical use for their findings but who go on seeking answers to the
unknown without thought of financial or practical gain.
Eugenie Clark (b. 1922), U.S. marine biologist, author. The Lady and the Sharks, ch. 1 (1969).
To associate with other like-minded
people in small, purposeful groups is for the great majority of men and
women a source of profound psychological satisfaction. Exclusiveness will
add to the pleasure of being several, but at one; and secrecy will intensify
it almost to ecstasy.
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. Beyond the Mexique Bay, "Chichicastenango" (1934).
"Dismantle and put together again till one gets intensity."
- Robert Bresson
The amount of information available to each person, measured in bits by neurons and processed with the help of the complementary prostheses of the brain, is nowadays increasing at an exponential rate. The intensity of time is increasing. Temporal bubbles form and evolve with their own dynamics. The creation of new information, the sharing of information through newnetworks curve space-time, produces a basin, an attractor. In contrast to the way in which thermodynamic capital is diminished when one uses it, irreversibly transforming itself into entropy, what could be termed a "symbiotic" capital increases its value with increased usage: it produces more and more interests.
Aleister Crowley said: "There are three ways to increase your intelligence:
1. Continually expand the scope, source, intensity of the information you receive.
2. Constantly revise your reality maps, and seek new metaphors about the future to understand what's happening now.
3. Develop external networks for increasing intelligence. In particular, spend all your time with people are smart or smarter than you. We assume that you are the Intelligence Agent from you gene pool, so you will seek Intelligence Agents from other gene-pools who will stimulate you to get smarter.
-Timothy Leary - _The Intelligence Agents_
The tactics of evolution
space migration, intelligence increase, life extension
The goal of evolution is:
(at higher levels of intensity, acceleration and aesthetic complexity)
- Timothy Leary - _Neuropolitique_ (1988)
A cool medium, like hieroglyphic or idiogamic written characters, has very different effects from the hot and explosive medium of the phonetic alphabet. The alphabet, when pushed to a high degree of abstract visual intensity, became typography. The printed word with its specialist intensity, burst the bonds of medieval corporate guilds and monasteries, creating extreme individualist patterns of enterprise and monopoly. But the typical reversal occurred when extremes of monopoly brought back the corporation, with its impersonal empire over many lives. The hotting up of the medium of writing to repeatable prints intensity, led to nationalism and the religious wars of the 16th Century. The heavy and unwieldy media such as stone, are time-binders, used for writing, they are very cool indeed, and serve to unify the age, whereas paper is a hot medium, which serves to unify space horizontally, both in political and entertainment empires.”
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"The crowd is open so long as its growth is not impeded; it is closed when its growth is limited… The stagnating crowd lives for its discharge… the process here starts not with equality but with density… In the rhythmic crowd… density and equality coincide from the beginning. Everything here depends on movement."
The rhythmic, or throbbing crowd is characterised by a specific state of communal excitement: "the means of achieving this state was first of all the rhythm of their feet, repeating and multiplied," not moving, but gathering intensity at one place and creating frenzy.
- Elias Canetti - _Crowds & Power_