Re: memetics-digest V1 #1338

From: Wade T. Smith (
Date: Sat 10 May 2003 - 21:14:03 GMT

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    On Saturday, May 10, 2003, at 04:54 PM, Lawrence wrote:

    > The effect of the labeling, whatever else, seems to occlude the
    > distinctions
    > that characterize people from each other. If those distinctions are
    > important, label may then make it difficult for people to interact
    > effectively with each other.

    In a coincidence of email lists, here is quote from an article about one of my favorite authors, Samuel R. Delany-

    “Identity is not an essentialist nugget at the center of things,” he explains. “It’s a category to put things in. You can’t think without categories; but you want categories that are complex enough that whatever is inside them is always questioning its own boundaries.”

    - Wade

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