Re: Abstractism

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Date: Mon Feb 04 2002 - 04:37:22 GMT

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    >On Saturday, February 2, 2002, at 07:19 , Grant Callaghan wrote:
    >>He was creating a convenient equivalent of clouds for his patients.
    >I don't know enough about the Rorschach to really answer, but,
    >_anything_ called a 'Test' is not without intent.
    >- Wade

    Yes, there was intent. But the intent was not to transmit a message but to
    see into the thought processes of the patient. The patient was asked to
    look at the ink blot and describe what he saw. The doctor then took the
    patient's answers and used them to try and analyze the patient's mental
    processes. Very few patients saw the same thing in the ink blots. The
    doctor was not trying to put a thought into their minds with the ink blots
    but to pull one out. The key to the process was the randomness of the
    figure produced by spilling the ink. It was designed not to represent

    We intend many things with our various behaviors, but the intent to send a
    message is a specific intent unrelated to the other things we intend to do
    each day.


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