“En ciertas condiciones lo intensivo produce lo extensivo” o cómo de un huevo nace un pollo

por Juan Pablo Anaya

“Deleuze and Guattari con tend that under certain conditions the intensive can produce the extensive. An egg provides a ready illustration this idea. Prior to hatching the chick develops out of the white of the egg, while the yolk provides nutrients. If we examine an egg white prior to this development, though, there is no indication which part of the white is to become the beak, or a wing, or a heart. The egg white contains nothing like discrete parts that knit themselves together in the process of maturation. There is nothing discrete about an egg white at aIl. It is a continuous gradient of protein intensities that under the light conditions of warmth and additional nutrients shift from the intensive to the extensive. As these shifts occur the chick growing inside the egg becomes increasingly stable, increasingly quantifiable, increasingly discrete.”

Brent Adkins, Deleuze and Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus, pág. 16.