Brazilian Lectures: 1973 Sao Paolo, 1974 Rio de Janeiro/Sao by Wilfred R. Bion

By Wilfred R. Bion

Those lectures, added in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in the course of 1973 and 1974, demonstrate Bion in his most important and demanding mode either in recognize of the fabric he offers, and in his responses to the questions from his viewers

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He can interpose between the Grid rows A and B the entire Grid as ifwithin the Grid itself could be seen, in depth, further Grids. In this way he could amplify the Grid indefinitely to suit himself, provided he explained what he had done by some phrase such as 'second cycle', as contrasted with 'first cycle'. For my part, I would visualize the Grid as repeating itself as a helix. I am reminded that we are already reaching one of those peculiar terminations dictated by the clock. But I suspect that the thinking will go on even after we disperse and when we go to sleep.

That one person would still not be known to me any more than I know one facet of the silent individual. I might feel that W 35 36 BRAZILIAN LECTURES although the silence remained the same (what I would call K), the element ~ (the variable) had changed but would remain without a value. Falling back on my classifications and verbalizations, one could say that the psycho-analytic vertex was too gross, too macroscopic, in the same way that a molecular formulation is on too large a scale for dealing with electrons or neutrons.

We dim the intellectual illumination and light, forgetting imagination or phantasy or any once-conscious activities; first we lose sight of the players, and then we gradually increase the darkness until only the net itself is visible. If we can do this, it is possible to see that the only important thing visible to us is a lot of holes which are collected together in a net. Similarly, we might look at a pair of socks and be able to see a mass of holes which have been knitted together. Freud described something of this kind, but said that the patient had a phobia which made it impossible for him to wear socks.

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