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Necessary Illusions in the Global Village – The birth of an imagined community – part 1

Necessary Illusions in the Global Village – The birth of an imagined community

It is true. Men is unaware of the things that totally surrounds him. It is like with our heartbeat that we notice only in rare, very quiet situations that reminds us of what we can forget about and what would still beat.

But not only our inner organs that regulate our body, also the sense organs, that expand our inner capacities, are quiet unaware when sensation hits in. It is the delight we take in our senses which are loved for their own sake that we do not feel the urge to teach our children how to hear, see, touch or smell. It is something that approaches them rather than they do something to approach it.

What is true for our selfs is true for the pictures we watch on our screens. The advent of a nation – Kosovo – last weekend is a perfect example. The pictures of the people celebrating their “independence” are quiet real. They are, as far as the air we breath or the keyboard we touch are real too. But what is not real in the same sense is the nationalist myth that we take for granted.

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++ Culture and Technology

For Mcluhan in “Laws of Media” provided both the etymology and exegesis of mens aretefacts. He speculated that “it may well turn out that the language they comprise has no syntax”.

The syntax is an innate structure of technologies. David Kelly proposed to see Technologies as “the 7th kingdom” where we “play the infinite game”. Contrasting McLuhans view on Technology with David Kelly’s view might provide a clue whether “the langauge they comprise has no syntax” or not. David shows that in contrast to the products of other organisms, technology never dies out but shows the same evolutionary trajectory (gradual, adaptive).

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Mcluhan and the Brain

What is to show is that the language “they” comprise has a syntax. In fact, it is to show how the mind computes in a fixed way with varying degree of the sensory motor system metaphoric expressions. I want to prove that in artifacts do have a autocathalytic structure formalizable with the tetraeda model. These innate structure of technologies put forward in the thesis comprise the mechanics of an analogical machine that produces a number of “coherant world expectations” in the mind from which an expector has to choose upon to perform the action or not. This analogical machine is a mental organ, simliar to the language organ, and performs the task to translate experience stored as conceptual metaphors into one another. It is a metaphorical device for that deals with the problems posed by ambiguity in words. Cognitive linguistics speak of the organs ability to “facilitate the understanding of one conceptual domain in terms of another”.

In “Organism and Environment” in Scientia, and in more popular form in the last chapter of Biology as Ideology, Lewontin argued that while traditional Darwinism has portrayed the organism as passive recipient of environmental influences, a correct understanding should emphasize the organism as an active constructer of its own environment. Building on ideas initially developed by Lewontin (1983), it has been previously proposed that biological evolution depends not only on natural selection and genetic inheritance, but also on “niche construction” (Odling-Smee, 1988, Odling-Smee, et al., 1996; Laland et al., 1996a). By niche construction I refer to the same processes that Jones et al. (1997) call “ecosystem engineering”. Niche construction refers to the activities, choices and metabolic processes of organisms, through which they define, choose, modify and partly create their own niches. There are numerous examples of organisms choosing or changing their habitats, or of constructing artefacts, leading to an evolutionary response (Odling-Smee et al., 1996; Laland et al., 1996a). Mens brain computes changes as part of its endownment for adaptation which is nothing more than the capacity to learn and relearn.

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