I am taking this opportunity to thank you again for being such a wonderful bunch of contributors to the paper, and for allowing the multiple rhizomes I’ve put in front of you to develop as they usually do, i.e. rhizomatically. From my perspective, the lectures have been a pleasure to be part of, with so much discussion taking place and so many interruptions creating a pattern that helped generating knowledge in uncontrollable ways. I know some of you did not like this way of conducting lectures. If I displeased you I think I managed to hit the target I always had in mind: that of creating a pause, of forcing an interruption of an accepted and acceptable (maybe respectable?) model of learning, and even of generating a moment of rage. My teaching philosophy is that thinking happens in fits and starts; it does not follow prescribed trajectories. We hold onto one idea now and the next minute we drop it as if it were an useless rag. We think we have isolated the meaning of one thing and then suddenly we realize that we’ve run the wrong race and change our perspective entirely. Another part of my teaching philosophy is that I must present myself in front of you with my weaknesses, not only with my strengths, because otherwise it would be unfair to you all, who are only given the possibility of seeming weak (because in order to be able to teach somebody – so the principle goes – that person needs to be weak, without knowledge; a disciple, not a master). I know I’ve managed to do that.
The one thing I mentioned in the lecture today and couldn’t remember was related to “Google bombing,” and here‘s an instance of it, taken from Wikipedia. The idea behind it is to generate enough content to destabilize the ranking system of Google. It’s a joke, no doubt, but one that reveals a lot of truth about the working of ranking systems.
And here‘s another link to an article about the latest update of Google’s Penguin, and about its “victims.”
With this in mind I wish you all the reserves of luck the world has in stock and even more than that, if possible.