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ablation a. 1. Surgical excisement of a body part or tissue mass for the purposes of purification or gnostic experience; autoamputation. 2. The removal or reduction of psychic material from the accomplished. 3. The dissipation of identity by means of analogy. 4. Sacrificing part of the self to save the whole. 5. euph. Suicide, self-immoliation, egocide.


"then throws his stump into the upper window
it lands upright" -- Hot Night of The Universe



Non Canonical Text

"And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell... And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell... And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire…." -- Mark 9:43-48. King James Bible.

Alembic Devices and Processes

"Incidents of autoamputation in nature trace an inverted bell-curve against intelligence. At the low end, insects, for example, will often eat a leg by accident, and lizards will inadvertently shed a tail when startled. At the upper end, we find foxes chewing off their legs to escape traps and humans chipping off fingers from sheer ennui. But in the middle lies this fuzzy area where we willing plant our cocks -- if you can find it". -- Clementine, Dapper. A Nature Lover's Guide to Loving in Nature. University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis. 1971.

"In the death of soldier or the starvation of a peasant, we rejoice -- for We Are One, and the heroic sacrifice of one reflects the heroism of all." -- Proclamation 13. Stalin.

"The lucky Christian in heaven looks back upon death as the ablation of body from soul which purified the self. Likewise, the dead Gnostic may rejoice in the purity of pneuma gained through the sloughing of the flesh. Buddhists, on the other hand, view Nirvana as an absorption, wherein the self is lost or dissipated as the one becomes all. Likewise, marriage or nationalism may be seen as an absorption, wherein one’s identity is lost to a collective, while divorce or desertion may be viewed as a type of ablation". -- a lecture from the annoying professor (what was her name?)1 

See Also


Activities related to ablation include:

  • Absorption - Just as running and stopping are opposite points of reference on a scale of motion, absorption and excisement are referential extremities of identity and loss through ablation.
  • Apotemnophilia - The rare and dangerous condition of deriving sexual gratification from autoamputation.
  • Autoamputation - The physical removal of one’s own body parts by one’s self or with one’s permission.
  • Bucking Up - Drawing on one’s inner resources to cast out fears; mental ablation wherein courage is derived by the removal of woosiness.
  • Exorcism - Casting out demons to purify the soul.
  • Brain Surgeries - Trepanning removes a portion of the skull with the intent of created an opened head. Tumor removal purifies the brain. Lobotomies remove the function of the prefrontal cortex to alleviate aggression. Epileptics may remove the corpus collsum to sever the left and right hemispheres of the brain.
  • Pruning - Physical ablation of a horticultural nature; also used in reference to Darwinian evolution wherein a species is empowered by the pruning of weaker members.
  • Extrapolation - To arrive at the essence, truth, or a state of purity via inference, deduction, humor, or extension.
  • Extracting - Withdrawing the desired. If you keep what you withdraw, you are extracting. If you shed what you withdraw, you are ablating or pruning.

Note 1:   It was Dr. "Alamo" Jane Jenkins, of the University of Boston. And don't forget it.


Adult circumcision is the most common form of Poobian physical ablation. Self-castration is a close second.

I like having a detachable penis. -- King Missle

Kokopelli, a fertility deity and trickster god--usually depicted as a humpbacked flute player and who is worshipped by many Native American tribes in the Southwestern United States--is often depicted with an oversized phallus. According to Wikipedia, Ho-Chunk lore relates that "this penis is detachable, and he sometimes leaves it in a river in order to have sex with girls who bathe there."

The Top Ten reasons to autoamputate, as culled from Letterman:

10. Cleave a toe to impress the ladies!

9. Lop off a trigger finger to avoid the draft!

8. Loosen your nuts to relieve those pesky pedophilic urges!

7. Eat your own legs to avoid starvation! Beat the cannibal at his own game!

6. Snip off your foreskin to improve the sensations!

5. Clip off an ear and go as Van Gogh for Halloween!

4. Prune a pinky to look like a Chinese gangster!

3. Wallop off your hands and join the Anahinthan!

2. Wack off your cock. It feels good.

1. Check that ego, young man.