Monthly Archives: August 2011

Thinking Tools Key Words

Some key words in my Thinking Tools section: ambiguity, belief, binary, bonds, borders, category, centers, centers / edges / borders, circuit, communication, communications, concept, connection, consciousness, constructs, Creatura, cybernetics, difference, duality, economics, edges, epistemology, events, evidence, existence, experiment, extension / … Continue reading

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Wholes / Parts

A member of a set is not the set. A set cannot be a member of itself. @ K. 1998 (I don’t know formal math or formal logic, so I don’t know how it’s usually phrased, but) I know there … Continue reading

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True + False = False

Re: Truth @ K. 2008 06 10 When True + False = False The magician’s patter may consist of 100% true statements. Still, what he’s performing is an illusion: that is, a “falsehood.” To employ the language of my theory … Continue reading

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Tram vs. Bus

Knatz.com / Teaching / Thinking Tools / @ K. 2002 12 07 Tram versus Bus ? Yes, Bateson’s metaphor. Translate: More-Bound vs. Less-Bound Throughout the papers published as Steps toward an Ecology of Mind, Gregory Bateson contrasted the relative freedom … Continue reading

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Theory

/ Reason Group / Theory: Tested Hypothesis Theory is the highest form of knowledge a sentient creature can aspire to. To the man in the street, theory is an untested idea: lame-brained, more likely than not. In science, theory is … Continue reading

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Tautology, Experience

2003 Gregory Bateson defined explanation as the mapping of experience onto a tautology. Other key words here: rationalism, empiricism … I quote an email from bkMarcus of 2003 11 14 (the setting follows): You quoted [The Bateson definition of explanation] … Continue reading

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Mapping as Selection

from Knatz.com Teaching / Thinking Tools / Semiotics 2002 03 13 Mapping as Selection An email from bkMarcus [pk’s son] on Making Maps pk I just got off the phone with you and found this message in my mailbox: An … Continue reading

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Symbol vs. Signal

I have recently ordered but not yet read S. I. Hayakawa’s Language in Thought and Action. I look forward to seeing him elaborate on a point I intend to develop into several areas here: a distinction between signal and symbol. … Continue reading

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Symbol

Re: Semiotics @ K. 2004 02 25 Reference: Ogden & Richards, The Meaning of Meaning, 1923 Symbolism is the study of the part played in human affairs by language and symbols of all kinds, and especially of their influence on … Continue reading

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Skepticism

Re: Reason Rational vs. Prejudicial Skepticism My biographical narrative declares disciplined skepticism to be a close ally of reason. I expatiated only briefly in the following note, adding that the subject warranted its own module: Rational skepticism is the systematic … Continue reading

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