Body Without Organs meme examples.

Body Without Organs

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The Body Without Organs is a philosophical concept attributed to French philosopher Gilles Deleuze and expanded upon in collaboration with fellow philosopher Félix Guattari. While the catchphrase can be interpreted in a number of different ways, the ambiguity in deciphering it has led to various creators making memes about a "body without organs." These memes range from humorous depictions of the concept to the difficult act of explaining it. Memes about a "body without organs" grew exponentially after 2019.

Origin

The "body without organs," as discussed by philosopher Gilles Deleuze in The Logic of Sense (1969) and alongside Félix Guattari in Capitalism and Schizophrenia (1972), is a concept that describes the unbridled potentialities of a body that is not structured by its constitutional parts (i.e. "organs").

The earliest known viral reference to the "body without organs" is a memorable 4chan greentext post (known as Explain Deleuze To Me) that was turned into a copypasta following its initial appearance on 4chan's /lit/[1] board on March 22nd, 2017 (seen below).


O Anonymous Wed Mar 22 19:12:50 2017 No.9278917 Quoted by: >>9278938 >>9279138 >>9279267 >>9280877 >>9280899 EXPLAIN DELEUZE TO ME OR I'LL FUCKING KILL YOU! DON'T DUMB IT DOWN INTO SOME VAGUE SHIT! EXPLAIN DELEUZE TO ME RIGHT NOW OR I'LL LITERALLY FUCKING KILL YOU! WHAT THE FUCK IS A BODY WITHOUT ORGANS? WHAT THE FUCK ARE RHIZOMES? DON'T DUMB IT DOWN OR I'LL FUCKING KILL YOU

On September 23rd, 2017, the Facebook[2] page The Void Behind the Meme posted a meme in which the body without organs was referred to as BwO, resembling an emoticon (seen below).


This is how it should be done: Lodge yourself on a stratum...find an advantageous place on it, find potential movements of deterritorialization, possible lines of flight, experience them, produce flow conjugations here and there, try out continuums of intensities segment by segment... freeing the lines of flight.. bringing forth continuous intensities for a BwO (Body without Organs) * BWO*

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On January 31st, 2019, the Facebook[3] page Spinozo-Deleuzian Memes without Organs posted a meme about the concept, gathering over 400 likes in four years (seen below, left). On June 29th, the Facebook[4] page then posted another meme about the body without organs, gathering over 500 likes in four years (seen below, right).


Deleuzians Mr. Potato Head, who is both a potato and a body without organs I'd love to go back in time and blow people's minds with my incredible philosophy knowledge But what exactly is a body without organs? I don't know

On August 10th, 2019, Redditor[5] CaiSant posted a meme about a body without organs to /r/Deleuze, asking people to explain it to them (seen below, left). On November 6th, the Facebook[6] page The Phenomenology of Spiritual Memes posted a meme using the Buff Guys Explaining template, gathering over 200 likes in four years (seen below, right).


Lacan -goodmin Deleuze BER Hey fellas, I just picked up a copy of Anti-Oedipus. Can you help me understand what a "body without organs" is?

Various Examples


BORN TODeterritorialize HUMANISM IS A FUCK Desire Em All 1989 I am a body without organs 410,757,864,530 RHIZOMES All body shapes are beautiful Mine too? (The Body Without Organs) NO! Adam Levine adamlevine Holy fuck 9:48 AM Holy fucking fuck That body without organs is absurd O Message... 1/3 i wish i had without organs instead of this giant cock This is how you become a body without organs. I WENT TO A MACHINE GIRL SHOW AND BASICALLY IT WAS A 65,000 YEAR LONG RAVE IN 30 MINUTES AND I OVERDOSED A THOUSAND TIMES A SECOND UNTIL I COLLAPSED INTO A TESSERACT AND GOT MY ASS EATEN OUT IN THE 4TH DIMENSION. SO-CALLED "BODY WITHOUT ORGANS" organ (sinister paranuclear tubule) organ (outer protective membrane) organ (inner protective membrane) organ (dexter paranuclear tubule) organ (nucleus)

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