Sunday, November 22, 2009

Actual Size

Chomsky quotes Shklovsky early in LANGUAGE & MIND:

"People living at the seashore grow so accustomed to the murmur of the waves that they never hear it. By the same token, we scarcely ever hear the words which we utter . . . We look at each other, but we do not see each other any more. Our perception of the world has withered away; what has remained is mere recognition."

Perception of the world has withered . . . to be sure . . . back there in 1919 . . .

Where does that put us here in 2019? Ok, it's 2009--what a difference a digit makes!

The question remains: have we become so entirely dependent upon representations of the world that we no longer even recognize what an actual perception might be like? I think it was William Tennesse Stevens who pronounced: No things but in ideas.

Or was that Gertrude Wittgenstein?
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8 Comments:

Blogger jh said...

i think i think it was
no ideas but without things
no things things and ideas essentially linked in minds i no longer guess i think vase and write vase and know vase as the flower knows the vase
eyes closed
no time
no space

heavens to murgatroid

jh

12:51 PM  
Blogger astroblastro said...

Jenny Holzer proclaims:
SYMBOLS ARE MORE MEANINGFUL THAN THINGS THEMSELVES

2:53 PM  
Blogger astroblastro said...

Hello Bill-

I see you have a copy of The Double Flame by Octavio Paz on your Alibris shelves. I would like to buy this book from you please. Can I stop by sometime and buy it or would you prefer I transact online?

I bought a copy of this book in NZ and lost it only having gotten through half of it. Leaving love and eroticism half finished is extremely unsatisfying.

Give me a call when you're in the shop and I'll stop by! 406-426-1776

Thanks! Also: Poker?

Kevin C

3:05 PM  
Blogger jh said...

when i look at that photo
representation of a box i try to think outside the box
and i cannot

8:13 AM  
Blogger jh said...

here come the chinese

10:29 AM  
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6:54 PM  
Blogger SAMANTHA JO said...

i love this post. so true.

12:44 PM  

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