Re: Abstractism

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    > >
    > >While the method of encoding the data is important to its transmission,
    > >message thus encoded can be lost, misconstrued or ignored. The receiver
    > >to do the work of decoding the message and make an effort to understand
    > >intent of the sender. Just writing and broadcasting the words is not
    > >enough.
    > >
    > >Transmitting an idea is a complicated process that goes far beyond keying
    > >words onto a surface for someone to read.
    > >
    >The Rorshach test basically proceeds according to the human propinquity to
    >abstract patterns from presented data; this can flow over into them
    >imposing those patterns instead, just like seeing shapes in clouds, and all
    >that which is imposed is imposed from within, not communicated from
    >without. However, intentionally meaning-laden messages (such as this one,
    >or e=mc*2) are far from such situations. The successful communication of
    >an idea requires more than merely interpretation of a message; it also
    >requires a message to interpret.
    > >

    Yep. That's pretty much what I said. Not everything is a message and not
    every message is completely transmitted and understood.


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