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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.
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