The Ghost Machine

by Paul Hartal

Wittgenstein took a sip from his tea.
“You’re wrong Descartes, I can tell you,
because body and mind are one”.
“Wittgenstein is right”, seconded Ryle.
He looked very angry
and shook his head as he continued:
“In claiming that your thoughts are separated
from your body you created a dogma
of the ghost in the machine.”
“Gentlemen”, Descartes said, “relax.
Where were you when I talked about these things?
You were not even born then”.
“Wait a minute”, said Bohm. “You’re all wrong.”
“What?” snapped out Ryle.
“You heard it correctly.
You’re all wrong”, insisted Bohm.
“You have to explain”, Wittgenstein said.
Descartes looked to be perplexed.
“Well”, explained Bohm,
“since everything in the universe is information,
the existence of matter is nothing but a myth.
The universe is an enormous thought,
a giant computer.
It is the machine, which is the ghost.”

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A man of many Odysseys, Paul Hartal is a Canadian poet, author and artist born in Szeged, Hungary. His critically acclaimed books include Postmodern Light (poetry, 2006), Love Poems (2004), The Kidnapping of the Painter Miró (novel, 1997, 2001), The Brush and the Compass (1988), Painted Melodies (1983) and A History of Architecture (1972) ., In 1975 he published in Montreal A Manifesto on Lyrical Conceptualism. Lyco Art is a new element on the periodic table of aesthetics, which intertwines the logic of passion with the passion of logic. In 1980 the Lyrical Conceptualist Society hosted the First International Poetry Exhibition in Montreal., In 1978 Hartal exhibited his paintings at the Musée du Luxembourg and the Raymond Duncan Gallery in France and his canvas Flowers for Cézanne won the Prix de Paris. He also has displayed his oeuvre in museums and galleries in New York, Montreal, Budapest, as well as many other places., He approaches poetry with the credo that the heart of poetry is the poetry of the heart. A recurring theme of his recent work explores the human tragedies of wars and genocides.

Last updated March 22, 2012