Re: MD Lila's Child

From: Platt Holden (
Date: Thu Aug 07 2003 - 13:44:51 BST

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    Hi Squonk,

    > > Here's an intellectual pattern. "My dog has fleas." Now please
    > > point out the dynamic and static components and why you think they
    > > are so.
    > S
    > > Static component = symbolic linguistic repertoire, 'My, dog, has,
    > > fleas
    > > + associated smells, sights, sounds, alternatives.' These patterns are
    > > learned. Dynamic component = intuited coherent aesthetic relationship
    > > between static repertoire and DQ.

    > I think I understand the static part although "repertoire" is an
    > unusual word in that context, making comprehension of your meaning
    > unnecessarily more difficult. Your "dynamic component" definition
    > escapes me completely. Is there a simpler, more direct, more ordinary
    > way to express the idea?

    > Static part: Think of a musician having a repertoire of tunes
    > upon which to draw for any given performance? By analogy, you and I have
    > a repertoire of static intellectual patterns upon which to draw at any
    > given moment.

    Seems to me we're able to draw upon a lot more than a limited
    repertoire of patterns to express ourselves, especially if you think of
    individual words as individual patterns.

    > I hope this helps? Dynamic part: DQ can reorganise the
    > static repertoire into a new tune - to use the music analogy again. I
    > hope this helps also?

    Using your analogy, talking is a dynamic activity, just as
    improvisation by a musician or a comedian is dynamic. You create
    patterns of meaning on the fly without prior contemplation. But, on
    second thought, to make meaning you must draw on static patterns. Hmm,
    as you can tell, I'm improvising. :-)
    > May we say that a comedian, like the improvising musician, has a static
    > repertoire? In the case of the comedian, he has a repertoire of gags and
    > humorous observations upon which to draw? If he cracks a new joke, he is
    > flying with DQ? Of course, some music composers and comedy writers can
    > deliver the art but not perform well? Others write and perform equally
    > well?

    Would you agree that a improv comedian, like Jonathan Winters, is more
    dynamic than, say, Bob Hope?

    > Well, squonk is the sum total of many patterns over multiple
    > levels. And i am not alone, etc...

    Not only are you and I the sum total of many patterns over multiple
    levels, we are the sum total of multiple values over multiple levels.
    Every level contains innumerable values, some of high quality, some of
    low, some weak, some dominant. Do you agree?


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