Re: electric meme bombs

From: Wade T.Smith (
Date: Fri 01 Nov 2002 - 07:00:42 GMT

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    On Thursday, October 31, 2002, at 08:47 , Grant Callaghan wrote:

    > I knew exactly what I wanted my mind and body to do for me. It just
    > took a long time and a lot of practice to get them to do it.

    Exactly. A long time. And many attempts. And when it happened, this reach for the center of a target, the center becomes more defined itself.

    > Or do you think any improvement is merely serendipitous and they are
    > only able to see improvement after the fact?

    Improvement is not merely serendipitous, but, yes, we _are_ only able to see it after the fact. (How else?!) We can imagine it however many times we like, but there will be no referential or experiential event to improve upon or reference (by that referential process we call the self) unless the attempt is made.

    Sometimes composers have to alter their score _because_ it is too difficult to play, or does not 'match' the instrument they are writing for. It is often said by some composers who use concrete or electronic means to develop their sound sources that they are finally able to recreate what they are 'hearing' inside their heads. But they had to try to make these sounds.

    I realize that there is activity of an advanced and complex and very preparational level going on in the brain, but I (or the bemetic model, whichever came first), has to insist that unless there is a performance, there is nothing occuring that could possibly effect culture.

    And, yes, the bemetic model has to insist that this performance has to happen, because of the referential nature of the self, and the altering conditions of nature and the environment the self needs to perform within.

    If wishes were horses.

    - Wade

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