Thursday, October 7, 2010

Bristlecone in winter: Knowledge, and ideas, in Plato's allegory of the cave are virtual forms, Prometheus

Harbin ethnography:

... ... In the field of anthropological linguistics' focus on communication, especially vis-a-vis ethnography and the 3000-8000 language's in the world, virtual Harbin's possibility and emergence adds new instantiations of what is actually signified by a sign – in the form of interactive, digital representations - extending Saussure's and many others emphasis on, what I interpret here, to be parallels between the signifier and the virtual.

Conversation leading to new knowledge, as such, emerges as a concept in the ancient Greek world (reference), vis-a-vis Platonic dialogues (reference), as intimacy-filled as some of the Symposium, for example, was (Plato and Wikipedia). And knowledge, and ideas, in Plato's allegory of the cave are virtual forms, in this interpretation, in a variety of ways (see ethnography above). And the ancient Greeks codified an aspect of the significance of language in the Promethean legend (a demigod, one of the Titans, who was worshiped by craftsmen. When Zeus hid fire from man, Prometheus stole it by trickery and returned it to earth. As punishment, Zeus chained him to a rock where an eagle fed each day on his liver, which grew again each night; he was rescued by Hercules – Apple Dictionary 2007 – v2.0.3 (51.5)), where Prometheus steals fire from the Gods, and gives it to people, in the form of language in this interpretation, thus freeing people from their ignorance, especially vis-a-vis authority. Vis-a-vis virtual Harbin in this ethnography, the ...

In highlighting the significance of the medium as the message, in relation to actual and virtual Harbin Hot Springs, the prescient, difficult-to-understand, Toronto-based media theorist and philosopher Marshal McLuhan suggested, in the mid 1960s, that the advent of television represented a qualitative change in the way society shares information and communicates with its citizens, especially since Gutenberg's printing press, and the growth of literacy around the world. ... ...

( - October 7, 2010)

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