Re: memetics-digest V1 #1303

From: Wade T. Smith (
Date: Thu 06 Mar 2003 - 12:41:09 GMT

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    On Wednesday, March 5, 2003, at 11:07 PM, Grant wrote:

    >> But, yes, I am arguing that intention need not be communicated, at
    >> all, and can be lost for all time.
    >> - - Wade
    > I don't see us having much control over the intentions we communicate.
    > The laugh, the frown, body language, choice of clothing and car are
    > all methods of communication, some of which are voluntary and some
    > involuntary. A raised hand could indicate a desire to hit someone or
    > it might indicate an intent to give a high five.


    And, allow me to alter-

    "There is a [technique within a culture] of body language that allows a person well versed in it to predict a lot of future behavior in the people he comes in contact with [in that culture]. I have often heard people talk about instances in which the mouth smiles but the eyes don't. The eyes give away the person's true intention. And the folklore of the old west talks about knowing when a man is going to draw his gun by the look in his eye.

    Martial arts make a big deal of this form of anticipation, also. The point is, there is a lot of [performance/observation] going on that the person [performing] isn't consciously aware of. It's intentional in the sense that the [mind] gets prepared to act before the [body] decides to carry out that action."

    - Wade

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