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Why Do You Ask?

From asking questions that require an answer To asking questions that require a conversation.

Monday, January 05, 2009

BOOK REPORT - Part 7 - Languaging


A lengthy chapter of a symantics study. Actually, an "entertaining" chapter.
Beginning with statements like "we see things not as they are but as we are" and "we do not get meaning from things, we assign meaning" give a sense of the content of the chapter.
Kinds of semantic awarenesses are discussed at length.
There are closed systems (knowables are fixed) and open systems (knowables are decisions, choices, and/or solutions.
I am working on the premise that if a question has a single answer doesnthat mean it doesn't make a difference (p.119). This comes in the context of a statement I do agree with: "...there are fewer and fewer closed systems that have relavance either to knowledge or to life."
Open systems allow for one to change or grow perceptions. Therefore, the ability to learn becomes a function of one's capability to change perceptions.
The chapter closes with several quotes from divergent sources to support the assertion that language is the mediator of all human perception, and therfore learning.
 From R. Murry

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