Thursday, November 1, 2007

Hartford Courant

Nov. 1st, 2007:

TECH/SCIENCE, "Nutmeggers on the Net: Essences and Sentiments"
by Phil Hall


Motism Made Easy

Also in New Haven is 24-year-old Nathan L. Coppedge, who is bringing motism to the Net masses via The Motist Agenda ( Coppedge defines motism as "a movement based in philosophy, manifest in art and applicable to literature, described in the unpublished book "The Motist: A Free-Thought Manifesto" by Eucaleh Terrapin.

Eucaleh Terrapin is a nom de plume for Coppedge, a librarian during the day and digital philosopher/artist. Beyond his espousal of motism, he has used the Net to present his abstract art ( and link the concepts of perpetual motion with artistic expression (

The Motist Agenda represents Coppedge's platform to blend art, philosophy and theories of motion into a new intellectual school.

"For the most part, I needed an 'official venue' for the ideas I've been sheltering for several years", he says. "A reason to keep going, and breathe life into the dream. Partly it's an acceptance of a more strictly academic role, even in absence of conventional qualifications."

It's been something of a tough sell though.

"Overall, I've found it difficult to advocate a philosophy," Coppedge says. "The majority of forums I find are caught up in old arguments. There is resistance, perhaps even by law, to the notion of perpetual motion. People would rather criticize the physics of the situation than consider the metaphysical side of what perpetual motion would mean."

Though his web traffic is on the low side--Coppedge diplomatically notes his May-launched blog is "still picking up"--he believes he can make motism matter.

"Because of the explorative nature of the art, and the diagrammatic nature of the philosophy, they interrelate to such an extent that I've begun to see artwork as almost an axial structure, a bigger but less careful metaphor than philosophy," he says.

"Art is a view, but not always a view of the real or even desired. Yet the goal is to make it real. Philosophy, insofar as it attains knowledge, is a system which describes something that can be trusted, something I would rather call a machine than a zero."

This article marks a major point, even if the view understandably accounts for the plight of the ideas.

[Later Commentary: Motism became Modism in later editions, but I still seek publishing]

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