Identification 67

Identification 67

Jacques Lacan
雅克 拉康

28.2.62 XI 7

What happened to Gagarin or to Titov or to Glenn, in terms of
their intuition of space and of time in the moments when
certainly they had, as one says, other things on their minds? It
would not perhaps be altogether uninteresting to have a little
phenomenological dialogue with one of them while he is up there.
In these experiments, naturally it was considered that this was
not the most urgent thing to do.


Besides, there is time to
return to it. What I am affirming, is that, whatever may be the
case about these points on which we all the same are rather eager
to have answers from Erfahrung, from experience, this in any case
(14) did not prevent him from being quite capable of what I would
call pressing the buttons, because it is clear, at least for the
last one, that the business was commanded at one or other moment
and even decided from inside. He remained therefore in full
possession of the means of an effective combination. No doubt his pure reason was powerfully equipped with a whole complex arrangement which undoubtedly gave its final efficacity to the experiment.


It nevertheless remains that, as regards everything
that we can suppose, and as far as we can suppose, to be the
effect of the combinatory construction in the apparatus, and even
in the learning experiences, in the repeated tasks in the
exhausting formation imposed on the pilot himself, to the extent
that we could suppose him to be integrated to what one could call
the already constructed automatism of the machine,


it is enough
that he should have to push a button in the right direction while
knowing why, for it to become extraordinarily significant that
such an exercise of combining reason is possible in conditions
which perhaps are far from still being the extremes reached of
the constraint and paradox we can suppose imposed on the
conditions of natural motor functions, and that correlatively,
things only function in so far as the aforesaid motor subject is
literally imprisoned by the carapace which alone guarantees the
containment, at least at one or other moment of the flight, of
the organism in what one could call its elementary solidarity.


(15) Here therefore this body has become as I might say a sort of
mollusc, but torn away from its vegetative implantation. This
carapace becomes such a dominant guarantee of the maintenance of
this solidarity, of this unity, that one is not far from grasping
that it is in it in the final analysis that it consists, that one
sees there in a sort of exteriorized relationship of the function
of this unity as a veritable container of what one can call the
living pulp.


The contrast between this corporal position and
this pure function of reasoning machine, this pure reason which
remains the only efficacious thing and everything from which we
await some efficaciousness or other within, is indeed here
something exemplary which gives all its importance to the
question that I posed earlier about the preservation or not of
spatio-temporal intuition, in the sense that I sufficiently
supported it by what I would call the false geometry of Kant’s
time. Is this intuition still there? I have a strong tendency
to think that it is still there.



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