Dear John B.,
You wrote 6/9 21:04 +1000:
'On the point "A thing without value does not exist", I argue that this is
possibly true at the biological level, and almost certainly false at the
intellectual level. I am quite capable of discriminating all sorts of things
on the screen in front of me that have no conceivable value to me, and
unless you are inclined to see Pirsig's word as law, I find no convincing
argument to support his statement.'
My argument would be that 'meaning' is a subspecies of 'value' and that you
are not capable of discriminating things on that screen that have no meaning
for you. This 'meaning' is the value of (experiencing) the (intellectual)
reality that is evoked by things when interpreted as symbols.
Can you give me an example of things you can discriminate and that
nevertheless have no meaning for you?
With friendly greetings,
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