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[Xmca-l] Re: Imagination;semiotic mediation

I agree with Huw.

Though, I would say not phrenology, I would say eugenics, which has to do with purity. Hence the Very big heart and the long life line, incredible intellect, etc. All the things one could possibly want.

There is also the irony of telling the future through saying the unbelievable, which many take palmistry to be, usually foretold by a gypsy.

It's interesting about the short fingers. Those features of the fingers are described with vertical text, and therefore hard to read, you have to look closely. But that text denies. And the length of fingers apparently mean something for being short appendages. 

I'd say it out trumps, as in out of the closet, in the most clever and ironic way possible. 

We should salute that.

I think that this is an image that will become more clear in time.

What will be interesting is looking back from the future at this image, as we will know much much more. 

Kind regards,


From: xmca-l-bounces@mailman.ucsd.edu <xmca-l-bounces@mailman.ucsd.edu> on behalf of mike cole <mcole@ucsd.edu>
Sent: Saturday, March 26, 2016 9:43 PM
To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
Subject: [Xmca-l]  Imagination;semiotic mediation

I invite comment on the process of interpreting images using the most
recent New Yorker cover as an example. They often strike me as especially
rich condensed representations.
They are one of the means I use to think about Eisenshtein, who David has
brought into recent discussions to useful effect.

How do you interpret the raised hand and inscriptions to be found at
newyorker.com if you scroll down the page. The leftmost image with a hand.
How do you interpret it from first impression to reflective summary/label?

If this proves interesting the cover with the stop sign would be a second



It is the dilemma of psychology to deal as a natural science with an object
that creates history. Ernst Boesch