Porn and non-Porn: not a dilemma, but something very odd

Magicalersatz drew our attention to what seems to some of us a bizarre cover for an edition of a book by Kant.  Somehow in trying to find out what was happening I found two sites that combine serious academic topics – in one case even academic papers – with porn.  In fact, there are only two so far, but I am really wondering what is going on.  Perhaps these sites are just ways of working out fantasies.  Porn, one might want to say to students, is porn, whatever other pieces in a narrative might be doing.

Before I mention the websites, a word of caution inspired by a comment in the original post.  First of all, looking at the sites at work might cause some problems.  We are talking about porn, no doubt about it.  Secondly, I think it could well be triggering.  If you have every gotten into a sexually tinged power struggle – whether or not it’s led to rape – the whole association might be very upsetting.  There’s usually a huge difference between finding intelligence sexy and finding intellectual stature provoking, where in the latter case the provocation may lead to abuse..   I think both sites might invite memories of the second sort of encounter.

The first site is by someone who at least at one point seems to have been a professional philosopher, with reviews, and maybe a book??

The second has parts of  quite solid papers in cognitive psychology/neuroscience along with thoroughly pornographic pictures some of which have a bit of a story line.  One chief character is Dr. Scienide, who is a Florida psychiatrist, he (?) says.

I have found a vaguely related discussion from about 10 years ago here.  Let us know if you know of more recent and more relevant writing.

9 thoughts on “Porn and non-Porn: not a dilemma, but something very odd

  1. Not only is it porn, but it’s…very stereotypical mainstream, boring porn. Why, for instance, would the name “A. J. Ayers” appear below a pair of breast implants?

  2. The first site is straightforwardly weird.

    The second, though, like the publisher last time, I suspect is the result of an algorithm: the combinations are too random, the title and tags so non-sequiteur, that I doubt any human has been involved other than at the seeding stage. Clickbait for what, though? there are no ads/links to other sites like you’d normally see.

  3. Could Dr. Jacobson or anyone else say what is the relevance of the Attwood paper to the original post? Is the relevance that you are trying to figure out more about academics who use porn, and this is a paper with some evidence about who generally uses porn?

    I am curious and not doubting the paper is relevant to discussion, btw.

  4. Yeah, I have no idea what’s going on with the second site. A few of the photos are actually arousing, which I guess is a plus? But I think I agree with #4 – it looks random.

  5. Dr Scienide claims a range of expertise that does fit the titles and the pics. I think it is possible that he is paranoid schizophrenic. I did get to know a psychiatrist who was paranoid schizophrenic, and there was the same combination of reasonably coherent segments with fantasy and associations that defied reasonable explication.

    One might look at the followers.

    David, I think that the paper was only vaguely relevant, but it was exploring the way the boundaries of porn shift, and including those supposedly distinguishing between observer/theoreticisn and practitioner.

  6. The entire concept began with a poem and an experiment in biosemiotics for a book I’m co-writing with a colleague about generation of meaning. From there I started using Google’s semantic entities to create a lightweight conlag and create some archetypal characters and situations and grow a set of interwoven narratives.

    The poem is here: https://plus.google.com/+MScienideManiScienideMD/posts/176pd5hW6JT

    A more linear explanation is on the way but each character has a story line and the other sites only make sense to people who have already learned the core constructs through conversations. The approach that I took to the narrative is based on a combination of some ideas that came to me while listening to Hofstadter’s Surfaces and Essences at Myrtle Beach on vacation and reading Google Semantic Search. If the Google Semantic. I’m using individual pages (Google’s entities) as conceptual categories and over the last few months growing the conceptual range of each category by adding pictures and weaving the character narratives.

    Mesmerm Ivy is one of the characters that I like because I plan to explore the path to suicide and the thoughts that go with it. https://plus.google.com/+PostcardsfromdistorpiaCuriouslymoistwet/posts/X4tGGdTBkxK

    There’s more and I’m more than happy to answer any questions. I won’t link-flood in the comments but didn’t mean to be less informative than silence in my last comment.

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