Re: Living in the unconscious age

From: Phil Goetz (
Date: Wed Jan 18 2006 - 21:54:22 MST

> "This is because of their peculiar serial form of communication.
> Less
> intelligent organisms perceive the world in a gestalt manner that
> enables conscious reflection. More intelligent organisms develop
> means
> of communicating these gestalts to each other in a way that preserves
> the topology of interrelations between perceptions.
> "Humans, however, use a spoken language, which requires taking any
> thought to be communicated and linearizing it. This destroys almost
> all of the relationships contained in a network of ideas, which must

I thought this was an original idea, but by coincidence I just read a
review which indicates that the postmodernist Jean-Francois Lyotard
said something like this in his 1971 book /Discourse, figure/. I
haven't read the book, so I don't know how strong the similarities are.

- Phil

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