Contemporary culture, today’s capitalism - our global information society - is ever-expanding-- is ever more extensive. And yet we seem to be experiencing a parallel phenomenon which can only be characterized as intensive. This book is dedicated to the study of such intensive culture. While extensive culture is a culture of the same: a culture of fixed equivalence; intensive culture is a culture of difference, of in-equivalence – the singular. Intensities generate what we encounter. They are virtuals or possibilities, always in process and always in movement. Lash carefully defines and distinguishes the intensive from the extensive tracking this change through key areas of social life including: SociologyReligionPhilosophy Language Politics Communication
Intensive culture as a vast, active, living intelligence system: a vast, active, living, information system. This was Philip K. Dick's way out of what he called the ‘black iron prison’, the ‘law’, for us a way perhaps also out of domination by the commodity and homogenization of contemporary global capitalism. Intensive culture has always been – for Philip K. Dick and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz – a question of intelligence, a question of mind. Extensity, for its part, has been a question of the material. But this vast active living, hence self-organizing and continually in process, information system brings together intelligence, on the one hand, and matter, on the other, into fusion. At stake is information, made of intelligentmatter, or materialized intelligence, in a system ...