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from today’s mutterings and notes

So lingualization is socialization.  Lingualization is the establishment of a language-based personality.  This gives rather a different view on autism.  Established psychological theory treats lingualization not only as a norm, but an assumption.  Language is viewed as integral (and innate) as an arm or a leg.  There have even been discussions whether or not usage of language is genetically transmitted.

–Glenn

October 22, 2008 at 9:24 pm Leave a comment

To Seek Truth

may be necessary.  To seek its expression is probably foolish.

In any case, I am contemplating (though no longer supple enough to view my navel).  It was interesting to tell someone I’ve known for thirty years “You wouldn’t get it”.  I wasn’t supposed to do that, you see; I was supposed to be the butt of all the jokes.

Assumptions can be, perhaps generally are quite deadly.

–Glenn

October 20, 2008 at 5:03 pm Leave a comment

My Existent Problem (with scribing 40 years of the pursuit of knowledge)

Other than chronic pain and recurrent stupidity, I mean.  The former I keep trying to control and then spend a couple of weeks pushing the limits and lengthening my period of mobility.  If I were to give up it wouldn’t be long before limitations became permanent, or nearly so.  The second I just take guards against, I guess.  Anyway, the primary problem these last 15 or so and particularly the last 8 is just this:  I’m trying to transcribe a complex, multi-layered system by means of a two-dimensional, low-resolution set.  That it can be said guarantees its existence, because it has thus been brought into being.  That which cannot be said may also exist, and if it does is more likely to be true.  That is because if something is said, it exists–and if it exists, its perception will forever be blurred.  That is why it is best to avoid names.

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–Glenn

October 16, 2008 at 11:44 pm Leave a comment

Philosophy and Identity

Mind you, the word “identity” in this context has nothing to do with usual usage.  I’m going back to 15 years old and all my mumblings to myself about a is not equal to a, not a, assignment of relevance being definition by exclusion (and appearing to actually state some things about known cultures)…simple stuff.  My version of “photographic memory” is actually a memory for patterns.  I do have damage to my visual cortext according to tests, and that’s where the seizures come from.  It’s just that…I guess I hadn’t thought that I’d ever connect a lot of the ends.

This is probably the most difficult part of it.  I think.  I’ve written about a page worth (by hand; probably about 150-200 words and still somewhat outline in nature) in three hours.  Mind you, I’ve just gotten done with about 30 pages that came from one page of notes, and I didn’t finish the working-out of my “outline”.  Two-dimensional modelling of three-dimensional object; interesting.

–Glenn

September 30, 2008 at 5:26 pm Leave a comment

a minor note

A minor note.

What I’ve been babbling about solving is this:  Dooyeveert’s Modal Philosophy employed modes which were essentially absolute.  That is, the validity (the “truth”) of a given mode is reportorial, and you don’t have to consider the origins of the definitions involved.  The tendency to use exclusivity-oriented definitions in this context means essentially that error is inescapable.  Another way of saying this is that the usage of absolute statements in a relative world is at least questionable.

The notion of modes is observably defensible.  It’s at least a way of describing ways in which people organize their perceptions, names, knowledge and assigned protocols in dealing with the environment (which naturally includes other people).  There are some fascinating possibilities introduced by this that I’m thinking about as well.  The notion of modes deals  well with the origin of human structures of knowledge and communication.  There’s also the matter of dealing with political structures and names.

All of this has direct effect on the nature of value.  “A change in values must result in a change in goals.”  The Nuclear Society has led to the Disentitled Generation; what the more current generation is remains to be seen.  My peers, I should say, fell back (predictably and actually without choice) on the dollar, peso, pound or whatever as the sole possible determination of value.  There was nothing else.  Trying to deal with others on any other basis hopefully just made us look like fools, rather than making us look dead.  Honor was the cool thing for comic books and popular films.

This is a minute fraction of what I’ve been scribbling away at.  It is kind of interesting.  I really did read a lot.   So I’m somewhat absent just now.  Assuredly the spirit will run out and I’ll spend more time on the Internet.
–Glenn

September 28, 2008 at 8:47 pm Leave a comment

Further Odd Notes: Renditions of Reality

August 24, 2008

5:37 PM

Switched to Jarte. Lots of notes toward a ‘finished’ version of A Relative View, which seems suddenly more the name of the thing. This seems appropriate since I spent about 20 hours writing and notionally it was all on the same day. Actually it would have to be 2000 for that to be true, I guess. I’m a bit cloudy just now. I got a compliment on a blog entry that I just didn’t trust, so I marked it as spam and now am running a thorough scan on the machine. Perhaps it’s mainly because I can do it in such silence.

 

08/25/08 04:28:30 PM

Continuing on this entry simply because I’d closed the first, and never posted this one. In the midst finally remembered to change the system reference to *.rtf files to AbiWord (fires up faster than Open Office) and finally forget the point of all that. It’s actually going to be continuing on about protocols and such, after I got too tired to carry on with actually writing about it but kept thinking about it. The frontal lobe acquisition of processing is fascinating in a number of ways, particularly since there’s particular indication that a socially-oriented animal will be less efficient at surviving alone or in marginal situations–but can’t survive in group-oriented situations, because the logic varies too much. Which bears thought. It’s also why in a situation where the scheme of value of someone is known (and verified), actions can be predicted, and why that scheme of value can actually be obtained through a relatively limited number of definitions, mainly because the source of the definitions (the logos) tends to be intrinsic. Patterns, that is, are much more revealing than words, though the words are the bridge to the patterns.

 

 

Most particularly important is the methodology of knowledge employed. It’s curious that it has so many names, and that the most common–at least when the thinker is being honest–is “faith” or some variant of the concept. Truth is defined by faith. Reality presumably requires truth. I’m tired of all the quotation marks I’ve used through my life, so I think I’m abandoning it. It might be apparent that there was a time gap there; however, it was more a pause to consider just how to word something than a break. What’s coming up is a break. My major problem in the consideration that formally started when I was about nine was that I couldn’t really find a way to envision the whole model of “reality” at one time. There were too many parts to it. It was like needing to present 3-D in 2-D, and being the artistic equivalent of dyslexic at the same time.

 

Before I take a break, there is absolutely no way that evolutionary theory–in point of fact the evolutionary hypothesis–is exclusive of the Bible. God could use any means God wanted. God doesn’t have sexual equipment, though, and “she” would in many ways be a more accurate analogy. To a great many extinct species, the extinction of “humans” (something I’ve never seen well defined) would be at least appropriate. Death is a matter of time. Sooner or later you’re picked as a dance partner.

 

17:07

To take a staggering step backward, that is, there seem to have been steps that might have aptly been termed triage. There were limited supplies that were dwindling, and not everyone was going to make it. A survival bar came into being. If you didn’t pass, you didn’t survive.

 

The time of limited supplies lasted quite a while. If I’m right, one source puts it at “a thousand generations” or 500 or so years. I don’t know. I’m interpreting scraps that I’ve read from various sources, and the people quoting them certainly wouldn’t agree with my identification of the subject. That was one of the problems I had every time I was in a school. The only part of this I would stand by is that the tactics–which are an entirely different matter–in fact do point to this having happened.

 

There was also of course the following age of growing plenty. Bear in mind that behaving morally–the mass of people, at least–means that you actually have a way a society can work. The other way found so far is complete subjugation, and it doesn’t work, even worse than the other way. In any population which is expanding, the current means of government (let alone members thereof) will fall. The question is whether sooner or later.

 

17:20

A successful society would be one in which its language and structure allowed it to react successfully to an ever-changing environment. One of the changes intrinsically included would be a continual change in values resulting from interaction with other cultures. Note that media and nodes (personalities or events) may actually establish modes–methods of perspective effect over variant periods of time, and generally extremely changeable with respect to physical position (because of political jurisdiction).

 

17:51:07

There are going to be some characteristic cultural reflections of tactics employed at the political and military level (and particularly at the religious mode, bearing in mind that any of the three can function as modes, nodes, or both) that will be lasting and will essentially bear the marks of lessons that have been learned.

 

A node is a point in a society that’s identifiable, and of an inherent duration. Generally, a cult is going to be a node while a religion won’t be–because a religion is generally considered to be longer-lasting, and to have impact on and be impacted by the society or societies in which it resides. An actor is a great example of a node. A medium generally isn’t a mode; it isn’t a way of perceiving meaning–which is one of the ways in which a cult satisfies the requirements, intrinsically. Interestingly enough, it’s become pretty apparent that nearly all cults are actually based on just one person, or rather the presentation of that person, with the media employed lending the appearance of “reality” to whatever the teachings are. Because of the fact that without society there are a limited number of ways to deal with and therefore to perceive reality, the whole thing is pretty much a social phenomenon.

 

 

The means of acquisition of knowledge and its definition–and most definitely its communication–are absolutely social phenomena. From everything we’ve seen you’ve got to be alive to talk about it, first. That was my first real problem with Dooyeveert’s Modal Philosophy. I actually do intend to deal with the “truth” end of things later, because that’s actually an entirely different and somewhat interesting matter. For now, though, I can assure you that to the Moon your brand new car is worthless and you’re crazy. Of course, so am I and I don’t have a brand new car.

 

18:13:57

The biggest problem with a system of government surviving in a time of change (and probably more in a time of growing resources than in a time of dwindling ones) is that one function of government is maintaining stability and yet the entire reality in which it’s based in changing. One characteristic of humans is that there is a social–not a genetic–tendency to breed ourselves into extinction. It’s best characterized by the Catholic pronouncement that preventing inception, and especially abortion, is evil. We can and we will keep on breeding as long as we can. It is interwoven through every culture of which I know, even though it’s often (thinly) hidden.

 

One result of living in a time where population is increasing is that there will be contact with other cultures, and there will be a simultaneous need for the same resources. Thus far basically every mention of constructing an artificial language or of attempting to rationally examine human society has met with outrage. One assumption that has continually been made is that there aren’t any truly exceptional human beings and that if they exist of course they’re being well-treated and even if they aren’t they would be nice. Surely.

 

The society which is automatically aggressive does tend to “win”.

 

I do know of a few communes which supposedly are successful. I have made some attempt at contact. I think somewhere I finally gave up on something I find impossible to describe. One example was going to that Calvinist church and attending catechism for years. Other examples are explorations of various ways of representation and belief. (I’m not done.)

 

At the beginning of this all, I was 9 years old, a philosopher, a would-be zen Buddhist and a poet. I’m still a philosopher, would-be zen Buddhist and a poet at 54 (55 in about 3 months). At the beginning I doubted truth, and do yet. I have, though, learned that progress is probably an illusion.

 

18:38:10

A giant step backward. In the evolution model, awareness of the environment is progressive in terms of distance. First of all it’s going to be things like water modified by the presence of another cell. A giant step forward is the awareness of sound. The less awareness is localized the better the chances of reaction. Then comes sight.

 

And at each step there are intrinsically necessary changes with regard to protocols.

 

19:01:32

Bear in mind that at each step there is some sort of (potential) communication with others. Any time that a given action by one elicits a consistent reaction by another, there’s an established protocol (we’re not talking about results to a protocol, by the way; every time you hit me I run away doesn’t do it; something led up to this). When this occurs at a distance, something resembling language has been used. When you’re closer together, this isn’t necessarily true (remember the class bully who you’re sure could speak, although he never managed anything coherent while you were around?).

 

Put this together with a lot of others of the same general type, and you have a society. A lot of the time, I think that scholars have further defining criteria. I actually define it as a lot of animals in the same place (generally, in our experience, of the same type) who manage activities outside killing, eating and procreation. We’ve historically been very anxious to kill non-human societies or anything that might resemble them. I don’t recall having seen any explanation for this, it’s just something I’ve observed. Any causes cited noted the society involved only tangentially, and generally emphasized the “fact” that the society involved is only theoretical. Like the societies of greater apes. I’ve always been very skeptical about scholastic types being unable to imagine how and why Cro-Magnon man took over so rapidly from Neanderthal. One absolute characteristic of humans is that we can’t stand something that looks like us but turns out not to be us. I’d imagine most of our horror movies are based on something like that (I frankly have watched only a few), with the back-stabber in whatever variation being the most popular.

 

What this means in a time of expanding population is a government that’s brutal. Rather, a succession of governments which are. Better than that, the most popular theme for explaining the replacement is that God liked the new government more, and you’d better believe it because that’s what police are for. If you haven’t yet been replaced, of course, God loves you more and you’d better make sure of it because that’s what police are for. And armies and suchlike, come to think of it.

 

19:48:00

The most important thing to remember about reality is that there are two sorts. There’s the one with which one has to deal, and there’s the approved way of talking about it. There’s even apparently a school of thought which holds that if you talk about it correctly, then that’s the way it is. When I understand that one, I’ll let you know. And that’s probably it for the end of the “day.” I mean, for this odd quasi-philosophical note. As if I’d a clue about what I’m talking about. Heh. Follow the grammar on that one.

–Glenn

August 25, 2008 at 9:52 pm Leave a comment

ACRONYMS (or acronumbs)

Every felt like there are a few too many cool little new “words”?  I actually grew up with them, because I was a military dependent.  Apparently the main origin of the acronym is simply situations in which there’s a need for real-time communication.  To boil it down, battle.  “WTF?” on a teletype is a lot faster than typing WHAT IS GOING ON or whatever (teletypes are caps, by the way).

 

When it gets to the point that there are a lot of identical acronyms (they come out with the same word from different origins), there is potential trouble.  I mean, if it’s a specific usage kind of thing (GMT is differentiated enough that I doubt there’s much misunderstanding between specification of a time zone and something that keeps track of it, and a really bad example) you’re probably okay.  Given time, dedication, concentration and utter stupidity, you can come out with something like…SPOT.

Earth Observation Satellite; PanAmSat Corporation (Pan American Satellite), SPOT satellite image file [bitmap graphics], Satellite Positioning and Tracking, Scientific Programmer’s Object Toolkit, Secure Payment For Online Transactions, Self Protection Option Tool, Sim Pon Obsessed Teens, Single Payment Option Trading, Single Point of Truth, Skillsets Priorities Objectives And Time, Smart Personal Object Technologies, Smart Personal Object Technology, Special Peinture Orange  TTnTrT, Stanford Pre Orientation  Trips.  The attribution here is non-specifically to Answers.com, although some other resources were used as well.  The list isn’t exhaustive.

 

By the way, I was looking for a definition from this an article from Techdirt (I can reference the current one, but not the one it referenced, and…well, I’m lazy.  Stupid.  That sort of thing.).  I’m pretty sure it would have been the Smart Personal Object trip, since it was about Microsoft abandoning an idea.  The actual reason I left this paragraph like this is to make a point; the internet as yet isn’t that good as a research tool unless you’ve got access to a database, and I’m not going to write my own cataloging tool at this age.  However, given the time it can yield fascinating results at random.

 

The point of all this is actually quite simple.  The over-use of acronyms is self-defeating.  They were meant to make communication more efficient.  If you have one word that means “I’m hungry” and “You’re beautiful” you may have a potential problem.  Random attempts to shorten language usage aren’t likely to work, main reason being that there’s so much inescapable judgment intrinsic to communication as we know it.  Expressionist painters are fine but when you want to have a teaching tool the ones who paint what they see do best.  When morality is taught on the basis of legacy and with most intrusion from the outside world being adjudged a violation of rights “error” [we’ll not go down that path just yet either] isn’t just likely, it will occur.

 

I should restate that.  Reality is basically currently centered on the family.  “What goes on in the family should stay inside the family” is the tacit statement, still, of the government of the United States at all levels.  Intervention is the exception not the rule.  Mind you, that’s not all bad, because the potential abuse of the power to train citizens from childhood is frightening to consider.  What can be abused will be.  Unfortunately, the consequence of the current construction is that some people are raised to be psychotic from childhood.  The definition of paranoia in a specific case must always first arise from an examination of all facts available.  The definition of terms by agreed assumption is the guarantee of error.

 

Where does this add?  It’s about to stop.  An acronym contains words, and as such quite often those words are rarely even accessed “consciously”.  What you don’t see you don’t examine, you don’t question.  Many of our daily definitions function on the level of acronyms; we don’t even notice, much less comprehend.

 

At least this, like the other writing, like the reading and thinking…helps distract from the pain.

–Glenn

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May 25, 2008 at 2:36 pm Leave a comment

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