HEARTLESS ONES

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"If one's only goal were to gain truth, an obvious means of attaining this goal would be to believe everything."

- Bergmann, Moor, and Nelson
Solutions to Selected Exercises in The Logic Book, 1980

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released August 8, 2016

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Chapeau Toronto, Ontario

est. 1999
Ontario, Canada

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Track Name: Grand Metoposcopy
The entire setting was intended to increase the magnetic influences: large mirrors reflected the fluid, which was conveyed by musical sounds emanating from magnetized instruments. Mesmer himself sometimes played on his glass-harmonica ... An even more extraordinary procedure was that of the magnetized elm tree, a kind of collective outdoor therapy for the poor.

- Henri Ellenberger, The Discovery of the Unconscious, Basic Books, New York, 1970.
Track Name: Lèse-majesté
A Swiss physician, Egg, relates that Mesmer had told him in 1804 that running water was magnetized because he, Mesmer, had magnetized the sun twenty years before.

- Henri Ellenberger, The Discovery of the Unconscious, Basic Books, New York, 1970.
Track Name: Orchard Ashlar
In Saint- Domingue, magnetism degenerated into a psychic epidemic among the Negro slaves, increasing their agitation, and the French domination ended in a blood bath. Later Mesmer boasted that the new republic—now called Haiti—owed its independence to him.

- Henri Ellenberger, The Discovery of the Unconscious, Basic Books, New York, 1970.
Track Name: Medieval Rome
When Mesmer went to the island of Mainau flocks of birds would fly toward him, following him wherever he walked and settling around him when he sat down. [He]…had a pet canary in an open cage in his room. Every morning the bird would fly to his master, perch on his head and wake him with his song. He would keep him company during his breakfast sometimes dropping lumps of sugar in his cup.

- Henri Ellenberger, The Discovery of the Unconscious, Basic Books, New York, 1970.
Track Name: Semi-formal
With a slight stroke of his hand, Mesmer would put the bird to sleep or wake it up. One day the bird remained in his cage: Mesmer had died during the night. The canary sang and ate no more, and a few days later he was found dead in his cage.

- Henri Ellenberger, The Discovery of the Unconscious, Basic Books, New York, 1970.
Track Name: Transit Sneak
The centuries-old elm tree survived until 1940; the Societe des Amis de Mesmer was about to shoot a film of Mesmer's life, an episode of which centered around this tree, when a storm uprooted it.

- Henri Ellenberger, The Discovery of the Unconscious, Basic Books, New York, 1970.
Track Name: Plaza
Perhaps the most intriguing episode in William James' Principles Of Psychology occurs at the very end of his chapter on 'The Perception Of Reality' in which he summarily concludes a section on the relations of belief and will by saying "all this is so well known in moral and religious education that I need say no more."...
Track Name: Eye Fell Out
...Only to pursue this denouement with a footnote of nearly two additional pages — the latter half of which is devoted entirely to the bizarre case of one 'Mr. P.', a pianist who, despite being blind from birth, alleged regular visitations in his music-room from an apparition that...
Track Name: Bloodshed
..."Would come sliding under the crack of the door from without, flattening itself to squeeze through and rounding out again to the human form. It was of a middle-aged man, and drew itself along the carpet on hands and knees, but with head thrown back till it reached the sofa, upon which it stretched itself. It remained some moments, but vanished if Mr. P. spoke or made a decided movement."

- William James, The Principles of Psychology, Britannica, Chicago, 1952 (1890).