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[Xmca-l] Re: Fate, Luck and Chance

It is impossible to take this conversation forward unless we establish some shared concepts and word meanings. "Material" is a word which can be used very loosely and applied to almost anything. But "matter" (in this discourse) is a philosophical category denoting all that which exists outside of and independently of consciousness but is knowable through human activity. Any finite category (such as word, cosmos, thing, movement, ...) in some sense both outside of consciousness and a product of consciousness, but "matter" is the base category which distinguishes illusions, fantasies, phantoms, ideas, etc., from what exists.

You can mean anything you like by any of these words, but if the people you are talking to mean something else by the same words, then confusion can follow. We need to be on the same page.

All the basic concepts are explained, with references for follow-up reading here: http://wiki.lchc.ucsd.edu/CHAT/WebHome

*Andy Blunden*

Annalisa Aguilar wrote:
Ok Andy,
I want to give this the time it deserves, but when I say word is not material but form, what I mean is that to say word is material doesn't distinguish it from sound, because word and sound are the constituted identically. The difference is in form.

If I may say, it's like saying fashion is nothing but fabric. This doesn't tell me anything about fashion and why I like Commes des Garçon and you like Vivian Westwood.
I intuit at this point in time that form is the basis of culture, not material because almost everything is material.

I would only make allowance for time and space, because neither one is material. If you tell me time is a clock, I'm going to laugh. As far as space, material is in space, but space is not "in" material, it is pervasive, but not "in" it. Space is not made of material.
I think these conceptual distinctions are important.

But that's me.

Kind regards


From: xmca-l-bounces@mailman.ucsd.edu <xmca-l-bounces@mailman.ucsd.edu> on behalf of Andy Blunden <ablunden@mira.net>
Sent: Sunday, November 23, 2014 6:59 PM
To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: Fate, Luck and Chance

Annalisa, making a distinction between matter and movement is
problematic and was not my intention. The atoms which make up your body
will be dancing somewhere else 7 years from now. In any case I meant
"matter" in the philosophical sense, as that which exists independently
of and outside of consciousness. So pressure waves in air are equally
material as scratches on paper, characters on your screen or
inscriptions on stone tablets.
Because we are inclined to say that the little packet of sound you get
when you say "ger" is 'the same word' as what is written a couple of
inches back on this line, we easily forget that no word exists other
than in one or another of its material instantiations. But we don't talk
by mental telepathy, but only by placing material objects within the
perceptual fields of another person, for them to interpret. It's when
there is some breakdown in communication that you hyave to go back and
look at the actual, material form you gave to your words.

*Andy Blunden*

Annalisa Aguilar wrote:

Please explain how words are material. Do you mean this literally or metaphorically?

I am prone to accept that mind is material, but of a different order than Grandma's apple pie, mountains or a vinyl record. I can't quite see how words are material. Sounds traveling through space are movements of material (air), so that to me would be like saying dancing is material, if dancing is material, then what is the body who dances? And how is the body different from the dance?

Kind regards,