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Re: [xmca] activity (was concepts)
> On 21 April 2011 18:18, Huw Lloyd <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> On 21 April 2011 16:49, <ERIC.RAMBERG@spps.org> wrote:
> Hi, Eric. I'm a bit fresher now, so I thought I'd give this a go.
>> I can appreciate lurking behind the meanings of words. I can appreciate
>>> the serpentine action of weaving inside and outside the interplay of
>>> origins; however, I cannot support that which strips what is within A
>>> reality. 6" of snow in april is what it is, right? So, if one were to
>>> take a word such as 'poverty' and wield it for the purposes of camera and
>>> media time is that a tool or a concept? Methinks a concept is neutral
>>> only is what it is, such as 6" of snow in april. Thanks to Martin I have
>>> honed in a bit better on what LSV was musing about in chapter 7 when
>>> discussing the merger of thinking and speech; being that word meaning
>>> evolves and develops due to thinking not due to the physical act of
>>> speaking the word. However, the quality of the word meaning in a dual
>>> stimulation exercise provides a person with the seed of a concept: Snow
>>> in April can arouse one to thinking things strange and out of sorts but
>>> then when told it is in Minnesota, qualifies the answer.
> If you're using quality as mentioned in your more recent post, then I'm in
> agreement here that it is the concept (or seed of the concept to be
> subjectively discovered).
>> Tool use is an
>>> association that can provide a person with the chaining of one idea onto
>>> another but it is merely a quantity. No?
> No. A scientific concept is a system of relations, as is a quality.
> Regarding use, my employment of a hammer is a system. As is my employment
> of a concept. We could talk about a quantitative change to this system of
> action, increasing the mass of the hammer for instance, but the action
> itself comprises a system.
> The concept of mass refers to a system of relations. The measurement of
> mass comprises a quantity.
Measurement as in the product of measuring. Measuring is a system of
> There is a nice bit in Bateson's "Mind and Nature" when he talks about the
> interaction between Form and Process that he stumbled across whilst out
> doing field work of Iatmul culture (page 210 in my copy) where he describes
> the interaction of systems of process (action) and systems of type
> (qualities, concepts). This might help you to get your head around the
> system of action and the system of a concept.
>> Going back to the example of
>>> poverty we can associate that with many other words but what is it that
>>> qualifies poverty?
> If there is an agreed concept of poverty then it will be based on an
> implied set of relations, this is the agreed qualification (e.g. income less
> than the cost of rent + food for a given area).
>> I can think of many examples as I am sure others can
>>> as well, however, if one is to wield the word of 'poverty' then one is
>>> wielding a concept they are merely using it as a tool for there own
> Still fuzzy on your meaning for this bit. The word does not _need_ to
> denote a systemic concept in this sense. Typically, noun phrases are used
> for this purpose, though someone can say a word without thinking its
> meaning, or think up their own meaning, if that's your point?
> I hope this helps for you, Eric.
> Of course concept formations are only going to come about through
> particular kinds of social interaction. So if this is all seems really
> crazy, I'd wait till your fresh and then hang on with some determination.
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