This book aims to thoroughly examine noise’s conceptual potencies and explore and amplify its epistemic consequences. The author explores the prospect of different “contextures” of a present made volatile by noise. In a moment when our species exhibits the capacity of global-scale coordination and the design of robust, adaptable social systems, we need to review the way in which we can harness uncertainty, randomness, and noise.
This philosophical work is informed by many different fields of contemporary science in order to assess and highlight the problems of the metascientific and ideological foundations of diverse projects of prediction and control of uncertainty. This conveys an analysis of how contemporary prediction technologies are dramatically transforming our relationship with the future and with uncertainty in a great number of our social structures.
Miguel Prado Casanova is a senior lecturer of philosophy in the department of social sciences at the University of the West of England, Bristol. His main work resides at the intersection of philosophy, sound art, science and technology.
Chapter 1. a-history of Noise
Chapter 2. The Riddle of the Sphinx
Chapter 3. Noxiogenesis
Chapter 4. Conjuring Chance: Digital Omens and Platforms of Prediction
Chapter 5. The Over-Extended Mind? Pink Noise and the Ethics of Interaction-dominant Systems
Chapter 6. Noise and Synthetic Biology: How to Deal with Stochasticity?
Chapter 7. Seize the Means of Complexity: A Critique of Pancomputationalism
About the Author
Overturning the conventional subordination of ontic randomness to epistemic uncertainty, Miguel Prado Casanova proposes that randomness produces uncertainty as a generative condition for knowing. Noise is form-creating, not just form-destroying. It indexes a randomness in the real that enables cognition. Knowing relays reality’s self-making; it harnesses noise but does not tame it.
The Noise in Noise is an incandescent reenactment of the pre-Socratic origin of philosophy and science wherein the concept of noise is systematically and volcanically presented as an archē—a preindividual field or wellspring—for a much-required contemporary discourse about the entanglements between intelligence and intelligibility, cognizers and recognized worlds, structure and stuff broadly understood.
Concerning noise, The Noise in Noise is a book on the need of philosophizing in an age inclined to dismiss it. Prado Casanova’s book whispers a timely lesson in the breadth of literacies—metaphysical, epistemological, cultural and scientific—required of us by the shapes and possibilities of all the human and non-human operations that now compose a planet in metamorphosis, above and below the threshold of human perception.