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In Dialogue: Affinities and Rabbit holes:

The Panopticon

A photo of the Presidio Modelo, Cuba, 1926

Etching / Illustration of a prisoner in panopticon cell.

(Image sources unknown as of 022723)

Jeremy Bentham︎︎︎, Panopticon Writings

Jeremy Bentham's ideas on how the greatest happiness principle should be applied were not always well-conceived. Bentham spent much of his time and fortune on designs for the Panopticon. The Panopticon ("all-seeing") was a prison. It was designed to allow round-the-clock surveillance of the inmates by their superintendent. Bentham's intention was humanitarian; but penitentiaries are not the best advertisement for a utilitarian ethic.
    The greatest happiness principle dictates the construction, not of prisons, but the secular equivalent of Heaven-on-Earth. When harnessed to biotechnology, this utopian-sounding vision is feasible - albeit implausible. Yet the ideological obstacles to global happiness may prove greater than the practical challenges: the contemporary utilitarian project needs more visually compelling symbols than an image of discipline and punishment. On utilitarian grounds, the Panopticon is perhaps best forgotten.”

Taken from Utilitarianism︎︎︎

A website created by BLTC Research seemingly dedicated to collect and archive writings on the subject of Utilitarianism and relating to the ideas of Jeremy Bentham.
 ︎︎︎ “BLTC RESEARCH was founded in 1995 to promote paradise-engineering. We are dedicated to an ambitious global technology project. BLTC seek to abolish the biological substrates of suffering. Not just in humans, but in all sentient life.”

From pain to pleasure: Panopticon dreams and Pentagon Petal (PDF) ︎︎︎

Mixed media,
Graphite and ink on paper, 8.5”x11”  
+ Digital media. Collage and type, 600 dpi


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