Re: Abstractism

From: Wade T.Smith (
Date: Fri Feb 08 2002 - 02:51:56 GMT

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    Hi Joe Dees -

    >>Aesthetics is the study of how and why such configurations do what they
    >For calligraphy perhaps, but for just understanding the getting of the
    >message across and the history of the word components of the message and
    >how they come to mean what they do and be configured as they are, I
    >believe that the field is philology.

    Well, I more meant any configuration, of any media. Why and how art
    touches us is a wide range, indeed. Philology, the study of the context
    of languages, is also at the core of memetic analysis, and one reason I
    was attracted to memetics is the resurrection of philology (almost an
    historical oddity in usanian realms) that I saw from it.

    My favorite science-fiction movie, and one I've remained connected to in
    many ways, is Forbidden Planet. The main character is a philologist. I
    daresay it may be the only movie ever to have such a distinction.

    Of course, the other reason I liked it was because it had a young Anne
    Francis in it....

    No, no, the _other_ reason I liked it was Robbie the Robot.

    - Wade

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