Thursday, 17 December 2015
An Atomized, Cerebral Existence
"Trevelyan had been meditating upon his philosophy." (Starship, pp. 223-224)
So let's hear some thirty second century philosophy. To paraphrase Braganza Diane (The Peregrine, p. 26):
communication is conveyance of information;
information is a spatio-temporal pattern distinguished by rules of selection, therefore capable of being assigned a meaning;
meaning is the induced state of the percipient;
art is primarily emotional communication.
Comment: I suggest that meaning is not a state internal to individuals but essentially shared and interactive.
Trevelyan (The Peregrine, p. 47):
culture is a process;
civilization is not material technology but a thought-process and an understanding.
first proposition OK;
civilization is cities dependent on agricultural technology;
civilized thought and understanding depend on technology.