Re: Abstractism

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Date: Tue Feb 05 2002 - 05:09:07 GMT

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    >From: "Joe Dees" <>
    >Subject: Re: Abstractism
    >Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2002 18:25:55 -0800
    > >Date: Sat, 2 Feb 2002 17:24:44 -0500
    > > Re: Abstractism "Wade T.Smith" <>
    > >
    > >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.
    > >
    >Left-right symmetricality and color (black on white) would seem to be the
    >only thing that individual rorshach blots have in common.
    Don't people tend to impose some sort of pattern on them blots though? I
    know I've looked at some interestingly shaped clouds before.

    I'm not saying the typical usage of the ink blots is valid, just
    (self-referentially?) reflecting on the capacity we may have to see stuff
    that ain't really there, like when a friend of mine once pointed out that a
    smallish tree (or shrub?) on the side of the road looked slightly like
    Freddy Krueger in a certain angle of the streetlight as we passed by in a

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