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Re: [xmca] Update on Tony Whitson
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- Subject: Re: [xmca] Update on Tony Whitson
- From: mike cole <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2011 20:29:56 -0800
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Herewith a poem that Tony may find satisfying to think with. It is usefully
followed up by a visit to the website of the Cluny Museum in Paris and the
tapestries that reside there, but it stands pretty well on its own.
If this topic is interesting, there are some nice follow-ons.
The Unicorn by Ranier Maira Rilke
This is the creature there never has been.
They never knew it, and yet, none the less,
they loved the way it moved, its suppleness,
its neck, its very gaze, mild and serene.
Not there, because they loved it, it behaved
as though it were. They always left some space.
And in that clear unpeopled space they saved
it lightly reared its head with scarce a trace
of not being there. They fed it, not with corn,
but only with the possibility
of being. And that was able to confer
such strength, its brow put for a horn. One horn.
Whitely it stole up to a maid, -- to *be*
within the silver mirror and in her.
On Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 4:29 PM, David H Kirshner <email@example.com> wrote:
> I'll help with the archives work.
> Meanwhile, the only tangible thing I can think of that might bring Tony
> some pleasure is poetry.
> If anyone has a suggestion of a poem that seems relevant to Tony's work,
> or Tony's current situation, or to XMCA, or to what Tony brings to XMCA,
> send it on, and I'll forward to him on our behalf.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
> On Behalf Of mike cole
> Sent: Monday, December 12, 2011 10:21 AM
> To: Deborah Rockstroh
> Cc: Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition Internal List; eXtended
> Mind, Culture,Activity
> Subject: Re: [xmca] Update on Tony Whitson
> Great to hear from someone closer to the scene who would like to pursue
> the suggestions made by people so far. Perhaps everyone could start by
> going to Tony's web page, since he suggested it through you, Deborah.
> Its a pretty chaotic time for all of us, but the web allows us to pursue
> the matter in our own moments if not our "own ways."
> As soon as possible, we at LCHC will organize a systematic look at the
> xmca archive, but that takes time and labor and coordination, which
> makes the web page a common sense common goal.
> Anyone who would like to help pulling the relevant information from the
> archives, please contact me.
> On Sun, Dec 11, 2011 at 9:49 PM, Deborah Rockstroh
> > That's a lovely suggestion Mike, a very thoughtful way to keep Tony
> > and his interests in the forefront of our minds, at the very least;
> > and perhaps such discussions might trigger something to assist in his
> > recovery. I think David Kellogg's suggestion about attempting to
> > communicate with him in Chinese has potential too. Tony has
> > contributed much to these conversations and my thoughts and prayers
> > are with him and his family at this time also.
> > He often directed us to his blog, so perhaps that provides an
> > additional avenue for understanding and framing his interests?
> > http://curricublog.wordpress.com/
> > Deb
> > Deborah Rockstroh
> > Southern Cross University, Coffs Harbour Preferred email:
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> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> > On Behalf Of mike cole
> > Sent: Monday, 12 December 2011 3:20 PM
> > To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
> > Subject: Re: [xmca] Update on Tony Whitson
> > There is a pretty large archive to topics tony has commented on in the
> > past few years at lchc when I google search. I am not competent to
> > download them all and order them but if it were possible to do so, we
> > might be able to take up some topics that are of interest to Tony as a
> > foundation of communication if he is so inclined.
> > mike
> > On Sun, Dec 11, 2011 at 1:06 PM, Martin Packer <email@example.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > On Dec 11, 2011, at 2:00 PM, David H Kirshner wrote:
> > >
> > > > "Tony is not able to independently log on to this account yet or
> > > > read comments with understanding, but he seems to understand
> > > > spoken language perfectly, so we are reading the emails on this
> > > > account to Tony as they come in.
> > >
> > > This seems a powerful example of the way that compensation, that is,
> > > treatment and recovery from neurological damage, requires an
> > > external, social, moment. LSV wrote that "Research into the
> > > compensatory functions that develop in these disorders also shows
> > > that the objectification of a disturbed function, that is, bringing
> > > it outside and changing it into external activity, is one of the
> > > basic roads in the compensation of disorders".
> > >
> > > I hope that we at XMCA might together provide that external activity
> > > that will help Tony in his recovery.
> > >
> > > Martin
> > >
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