Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Summer repeats:
"Thinking to the rule is both the founding principle and mirror image of teaching to the test. The weaknesses commonly acknowledged in the latter are all there in the former: unacknowledged.
Why?"

In order to communicate subtlety you have to be able to perceive it. But to communicate subtlety you need to use your own words: your own forms. But using your own forms risks transforming communication into a game of Telephone, since every speaker rewrites the last. And if you don't use your own forms then the we get the above.
The choice is between flawed communicative representation and perfectly ordered form representing only itself. Geekdom is the paradigm of academic intellectual life. The author of that graphic was a Mil-geek.

Repeating from the last post, which repeats what I've said before (I've said this all before): "All communication involves corruption. but there are two basic kinds of corruption and one is more noble than the other. The first revolves around friendships based on common interests and ideas. Friends support each other because they agree, and that agreement is active and engaged. The second is based on friendship alone the ideas are secondary. You support the ideas because they’re held by your friends. That agreement is disengaged and passive."

Geekdom, scholasticism, baroque rationalism and specialization, are all fundamentally passive. Thinking to the rule is both the founding principle and mirror image of teaching to the test.

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