Introduction:

Introduction, paragraph 1

A Thousand Plateaus Drawing. Introduction, paragraph 1
Since each of us was several, there was already quite a crowd.

Introduction, paragraphs 3 & 4

Roots become radicles.
Even the book as a natural reality is a taproot, with its pivotal spine and surrounding leaves. But the book as a spiritual reality, the Tree or Root as an image, endlessly develops the law of the One that becomes two, then of the two that become four.

Introduction, paragraph 5

Languages are dynamic evolving complex systems. The concept of rhizome is useful in exploring/describing this type of system.
A rhizome ceaselessly establishes connections between semiotic chains, organizations of power, and circumstances relative to the arts, sciences, and social struggles.

Introduction, paragraph 5 b

Languages are dynamic evolving complex systems. The concept of rhizome is useful in exploring/describing this type of system.
A method of the rhizome type, on the contrary, can analyze language only by decentering it onto other dimensions and other registers.

Introduction, paragraph 6

Rhizomes broken apart become more rhizomes.
And they fall through the gray matter, the grid, into the undifferentiated... The interplay approximates the pure activity of weavers attributed in myth to the Fates or Norns."3 An assemblage is precisely this increase in the dimensions of a multiplicity that necessarily changes in nature as it expands its connections.

Introduction, paragraph 8

Drawing A Thousand Plateaus, Introduction paragraph 8
There is a rupture in the rhizome whenever segmentary lines explode into a line of flight, but the line of flight is part of the rhizome. These lines always tie back to one another.

Introduction, paragraph 8b

Drawing a Thousand Plateaus, paragraph 8b
Every rhizome contains lines of segmentarity according to which it is stratified, territorialized, organized, signified, attributed, etc., as well as lines of deterritorialization down which it constantly flees.

Introduction, paragraph 8c

A Thousand Plateaus Drawing. Introduction, paragraph 8c

Introduction, paragraph 8d

A Thousand Plateaus Drawing. Introduction, paragraph 8d

Introduction, paragraph 9

A Thousand Plateaus Drawing. Introduction, paragraph 8
Evolutionary schemas would no longer follow models of arborescent descent going from the least to the most differentiated, but instead a rhizome operating immediately in the heterogeneous and jumping from one already differentiated line to another.

Introduction, paragraph 10

A Thousand Plateaus Drawing. Introduction, paragraph 9

Introduction, paragraph 10b

Drawing A Thousand Plateaus, introduction paragraph 10b
You start by delimiting a first line consisting of circles of convergence around successive singularities; then you see whether inside that line new circles of convergence establish themselves, with new points located outside the limits and in other directions.

Introduction, paragraph 10c

Drawing A Thousand Plateaus, Introduction, paragraph 9b
Go first to your old plant and watch carefully the watercourse made by the rain. By now the rain must have carried the seeds far away. Watch the crevices made by the runoff, and from them determine the direction of the flow. Then find the plant that is growing at the farthest point from your plant. All the devil's weed plants that are growing in between are yours. Later... you can extend the size of your territory by following the watercourse from each point along the way.

Introduction, paragraphs 11 and 12

Drawing A Thousand Plateaus, Introduction paragraph 11 and 12
The tree articulates and hierarchizes tracings; tracings are like the leaves of a tree. The rhizome is altogether different, a map and not a tracing. Make a map, not a tracing. The orchid does not reproduce the tracing of the wasp; it forms a map with the wasp, in a rhizome.

Introduction, paragraph 13

Drawing A Thousand Plateaus, Introduction, paragraph 13
Strike the pose or follow the axis, genetic stage or structural destiny—one way or the other, your rhizome will be broken. You will be allowed to live and speak, but only after every outlet has been obstructed. Once a rhizome has been obstructed, arborified, it's all over, no desire stirs; for it is always by rhizome that desire moves and produces.

Introduction, paragraph 14

Drawing A Thousand Plateaus, Introduction, paragraph 14
Thus, there are very diverse map-tracing, rhizome-root assemblages, with variable coefficients of deterritorialization. There exist tree or root structures in rhizomes; conversely, a tree branch or root division may begin to burgeon into a rhizome.

Introduction, paragraph 14b

Drawing A Thousand Plateaus, Introduction, paragraph 14b

Introduction, paragraph 14c

Drawing A Thousand Plateaus, Introduction paragraph 14c
Neurologists and psychophysiologists distinguish between long-term memory and short-term memory (on the order of a minute). The difference between them is not simply quantitative: short-term memory is of the rhizome or diagram type, and long-term memory is arborescent and centralized (imprint, engram, tracing, or photograph).

Introduction, paragraph 14d

Drawing A Thousand Plateaus, Introduction, paragraph 14d

Introduction, paragraph 15

Drawing A Thousand Plateaus, Introduction, paragraph 15
In a hierarchical system, an individual has only one active neighbor, his or her hierarchical superior.... The channels of transmission are preestablished: the arborescent system preexists the individual, who is integrated into it at an allotted place.

Introduction, paragraph 16

Drawing A Thousand Plateaus, paragraph 16

Introduction, paragraph 16b

Introduction, paragraph 17

Drawing A Thousand Plateaus, Introduction, paragraph 17

Introduction, paragraph 17b

Introduction, paragraph 18

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Introduction, paragraph 20

It is a question of a model that is perpetually in construction or collapsing, and of a process that is perpetually prolonging itself, breaking off and starting up again. No, this is not a new or different dualism... We invoke one dualism only in order to challenge another. We employ a dualism of models only in order to arrive at a process that challenges all models.

Introduction, paragraph 21

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