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Laurence A. Rickels

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816666652

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816666652.001.0001

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(p.112) Timing
I Think I Am

Laurence A. Rickels

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter considers science fiction writer Philip K. Dick’s 1964 novel Martian Time-Slip. In Martian Time-Slip, research identified as Swiss, associated by name with Carl Jung only, suggests an application or understanding of Ludwig Binswanger’s Heideggerean notion of Zeitigung, which can be translated and misunderstood as “timing.” The hypothesis is that schizophrenia is essentially a “derangement in the interior time-sense.” For purposes of investment or speculation the plan is underway to render what a schizo knows via this other time-sense accessible to those living in a shared world. Since their experimental subject was autistic from birth, Jung’s alleged decoding of schizophrenic language is useless. Instead a kind of slow-mo decoder chamber must be built so that media contact can be made.

Keywords:   science fiction, Philip K. Dick, novel, Martian Time-Slip, Carl Jung, Ludwig Binswanger, Zeitigung, timing, schizophrenia

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