Re: [-empyre-] n-dimensional cobwebs of meaning
Definitely. I wrote these notes a while ago:
"One of the features of a conceptual relation is the very fact that
it defies spatial and temporal constraints; for example, one person
might find Roman gladiators and contemporary boxers to exist in
conceptual proximity. This revelation might also bring certain
related concepts together (the boxing ring may suddenly seem similar
to the Coliseum), while others gain no ground (the Roman's thumbs
up/thumbs down judgment having no obvious corollary). What has
happened is that a sort of wormhole has formed between two galaxies
of thought, a span of billions of miles suddenly folding into a few
short steps. One wormhole is hard enough to visualize -- how can one
depict a journey through a universe of concepts when every step in
the path is a wormhole to a different location in timespace?"
But I think this also begs the issue that there are not temporal or
spatial constraints on any abstracted / representative system within
a specified social field. There seems to be a slight (or more
profound) oscillation in the text above that is equating the
representation to the thing itself -- I think there is a fundamental
separation, and that this should not be lost in the discussion of
this liken-language-structure -- it is another representative system.
(the representation of a boxing ring and a representation of the
whatever it does, it does in a representational space which may or
may not have any relevance to embodied/phenomenal lived presence...
just a note...
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