Re: Abstractism

From: Grant Callaghan (
Date: Sun Feb 03 2002 - 00:19:12 GMT

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    >On Saturday, February 2, 2002, at 11:42 , Grant Callaghan wrote:
    >>The Rorschach test conveys information to some of the people who see
    >>it, even though no information was transmitted.
    >>Transmitting an idea is a complicated process that goes far beyond
    >>keying words onto a surface for someone to read.
    >And there you have the cup and the lip.
    >Of course, there's a real problem in you saying that the Rorschach test
    >has no information to transmit. First off, it's man-made. That's a big
    >'duh'. (Okay, it's made by psychologists- you have a point. What real
    >information have any of them ever come up with, after all....) And
    >anything non-chaotic and procedural has information, and the Rorschach
    >tests are always symmetrical designs- far from informationlessness.
    >- Wade

    The way I understand it, Mr. Rorschach just spilled some ink on a piece of
    paper and folder it over with no intention of transmitting a message. He
    was creating a convenient equivalent of clouds for his patients. I think
    intention has a great deal to do with transmitting messages. Anything
    transmitted without intent is not a message.


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