From: Wade T. Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed 19 Mar 2003 - 22:23:22 GMT
On Wednesday, March 19, 2003, at 04:15 PM, Grant wrote:
>> thought - a process by which Neuroactivity constructs meaning,
>> intentional structure, and makes representations for purposes of
>> communication among humans and animals
> Isn't that a way of propagating meanings from one brain to another?
A performance based upon these thoughts might be one way to attempt to
propagate meaning, sure.
There is no guarantee such meanings would be communicated, however,
except, as you point out, among people with some converging histories
of meanings, in other words, people with convergent and/or overlapping
Biology should take care of those regions of meaning or intentions of
meaning that are simply allocated to us as human beings, but culture is
the process of adhering enough people to a viable social construct to
continue and thrive.
That people living in a similar history find similar meanings in
performances is the foundation of culture, not the _intention_ of it.
It not only uses the biological fact that brains are similar and will
support similar meanings and thoughts from similar environments, it is
totally dependent upon this.
You want someone to behave like a prisoner- you put them in prison. You
want a spider to make a web four feet by four feet, you put it in a
box. You want me to take the same trip in my car every time, you give
me only one place to go and one road to get there.
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