Medium, Message, Meaning and Measure

This is a bit of a rambling thought.
Marshall McLuhan in his studies divided all Media (tools), including art into Medium and Message.  In working on this essay, I have come to find another division for McLuhan’s Model:
Medium
contains Message
contains Meaning

I was thinking about how to represent this and turned toward the interrogatives to look for guidance.  As I worked with the interrogatives I realized that the interrogative “What?” was the bridge between one level of the new media structure and another.  I found I could nest Meaning in Message in Medium using What as the doorway.

Dealing with it this way brings out the Semiotic trio of Semantics, Syntactics and Pragmatics.  However, it does not fit cleanly.  Medium is not semantics, for example, for it involves the physical carrier.  Semantics is more part of the message.  Yet Semantics itself can be called a Medium for Syntactics and Sytactics a Medium for Pragmatics.  As you can see it is really a pain, because the term Medium has been over generalized.

Another way to think about it may be Medium as Form and Medium as Function, Message as Form and Message as Function, Meaning as Form and Meaning as Function.  I had to come up with new language to handle the scope of my thinking.

What – What as Form – Medium as Form
Where – What as Function – Medium as Function – Semiotic Semantics
How – How as Form – Message as Form – Semiotic Sytactics
When – How as Function – Message as Function – Semiotic Pragmatics
Why – Why as Form – Meaning as Form
Who – Why as Function – Meaning as Function
How Much – How Much as Form – Measure as Form
How Many – How Much as Function – Measure as Function

Notice I added two interrogatives at the end.  I realized message has a size and a quantity.

What this reveals is the interrogatives are paired.  What is a point but Where is What occupying space.  How is a point, but When is How occupying time.  Why is a point, but Who is Why occupying a person.  How Much is a point, but How Many is How Much occupying a quantity.  Form and Function.

I am going to think about this more, but it’s out there for you to think about as well.

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Whatcha gonna do?

The shelters are run by bumholes

But they can count on you

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Part of Something Larger than Ourselves

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As I mentioned in my previous post I have spent months reading world history.

One of the fascinating things I have learned is the history of the nuclear program.

It turns out that Albert Einstein told the President of the United States about the potential to make a nuclear bomb before 1939.  Before World War II even started.

The United States began a program to build a nuclear weapon.

There were two facilities preparing the fissionable materials Uranium 235 and Plutonium.

The Uranium 235 facility in Tennessee was the largest industrial complex in the United States to that date and consumed ten percent of the United States electrical power supply.  No one except the President of the United States and a handful of people actually knew why the complex existed.  Even the people who built it and worked at the facility did not know what they were making.

The Plutonium facility in Washington State was built in a desert adjacent to one of the state’s largest rivers to provide cooling.  The site had several large nuclear reactors and again no one except the President of the United State and a handful of people actually knew why this complex existed.  Even the people who built it and worked at the facility did not know what they were making.

The same went for the Nevada testing site.  Thousands of people worked in the Nevada desert building the facility where the nuclear devices were constructed.  No one except the President of the United States and a handful of people knew why the complex existed.  Even the people who built it and worked at the facility did not know what they were making.

These facilities came into existence before the Second World War and operated with only the knowledge of the President of the United States and a small community of people right up until the dropping of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear devices.  That means the largest scientific, engineering, industrial and military project in the world was operating without almost anyone’s knowledge.  Including General MacArthur the Supreme Commander of the Pacific Allied Forces.

And until the moment of detonation, no one on Earth knew if each device would even work.

All of us in the world are part of something larger than we understand.  Each of us only knows a subsystem of the global human system.  We each have knowledge the rest of the world does not have.  And we are each influencing as individuals, as the human colony and as part of nature the course the Earth is taking.

None of us has an understanding of the full picture and none of us ever will.  Historians admit we will never understand why any world event of any kind is happening.

What we have to accept is that the Universe, Nature, Yawheh, God, Allah, Brahma, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Confucious, Manitou, Ehecatl, Shango, Bochica, Wandjina, Io and all creators told us their creation is “Very Good”.

All hardships stem from humanity doubting this.

We are all part of something greater than ourselves and we simply will never understand all of it as Goedel the mathematician explained to us in his proof.

After 25 years developing information systems I realized every system will be asked to do something it is not designed to do.

That is what Charles Darwin was explaining to us.  Whatever the Universe’s origin it is constantly evolving.  We will always find something larger than ourselves, the same as ourselves and smaller than ourselves that we have not encountered before.  The Universe is just too vast for us to experience all of it.

Einstein told Heisenberg, “God does not play dice.”  Heisenberg agreed and told Einstein, “We will never know what game God is playing.”

Von Clauswitz said this is also the case for warfare.  Peter Drucker said this is also the case for business.

After decoding the human genome biologists are saying the same thing too.

If you want to be happy in life everything in the Universe is telling you this:  There is no meaning you will fully understand, just accept moment to moment everything is very good.

Jack Kerouac said, “Nobody knows what’s going to happen to anybody besides growing old.”

As Max Ehrmann, the author of Desiderata said, “The Universe is unfolding as it should.”

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Morality: Imaginary Knowledge

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I am an atheist.  However, I do read religious texts in order to study their perspective on historical events.  It can be very insightful.

Today, I am going to talk about a subject that has given me a keen interest: Morality.

When you look up the word “religion” you come to discover that it was a term coined just prior to the Renaissance.  It’s literal meaning is “reflecting on all I know”.  If you study Western religious texts you discover that Adam and Eve were soley gatherers.  Adam’s work in the garden was classification.  He was giving names to everything in Eden.  He was practicing religion.  He was accumulating real knowledge.

1 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.

2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested [a] from all his work. 3 And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

4 This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created.
When the LORD God made the earth and the heavens- 5 and no shrub of the field had yet appeared on the earth [b] and no plant of the field had yet sprung up, for the LORD God had not sent rain on the earth [c] and there was no man to work the ground, 6 but streams [d] came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground- 7 the LORD God formed the man [e]
from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

8 Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. 9 And the LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

10 A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. 11 The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin [f] and onyx are also there.) 13 The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush. [g] 14 The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Asshur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.

15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”

18 The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

19 Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field.
But for Adam [h] no suitable helper was found. 21 So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs [i] and closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib [j] he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

23 The man said,
“This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman, [k]
for she was taken out of man.”

24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.

25 The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.

However, there is another word “morality” which has its root in another event: The Fall of Man.

1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ “

4 “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?”

10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”

12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

14 So the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,
“Cursed are you above all the livestock
and all the wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
and you will eat dust
all the days of your life.

15 And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring [a] and hers;
he will crush [b] your head,
and you will strike his heel.”

16 To the woman he said,
“I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing;
with pain you will give birth to children.
Your desire will be for your husband,
and he will rule over you.”

17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat of it,’
“Cursed is the ground because of you;
through painful toil you will eat of it
all the days of your life.

18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
and you will eat the plants of the field.

19 By the sweat of your brow
you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
and to dust you will return.”

20 Adam [c] named his wife Eve, [d] because she would become the mother of all the living.

21 The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. 22 And the LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” 23 So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side [e] of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

The Fall of Man is an interesting event because it describes how morality entered human culture.  Morality is not knowledge in the way Adam’s classification system was knowledge.

As an atheist I look at God as imaginary and God’s knowledge as imaginary.  Morality is imaginary knowledge.  First, Eve came up with some imaginary knowledge and she began moralizing.  Eve was no longer a woman, she was a cunt.  And she shared her imaginary knowledge with Adam and he began moralizing.  Adam was no longer a man, he was a dick.  And their moralizing led them to be ashamed of their sexuality; to hate their evolutionary precursor, reptiles; to increase pain; to enslave themselves and plants; and keep them from immortality.

Sexual morality is imaginary, talking reptiles are imaginary, pain is imaginary, slavery is imaginary, immortality is imaginary.

However, cunts and dicks think they are real.

Morality, not religion is the source of your downfall and all your suffering.

Education: The Bell Curve

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