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unfolding expression


Origami in reverse

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13 Jun 2022, written: 24 Aug 2018.

Expression and meaning-making are elementary; they are fundamental to perception and experience. As perception informs expression, and meaning is derived from experience, the relationship between these functions is then recursive.

The four accounts of them here include one another too. The first concerns words and meaning —this is the frame of them all. The second sets out the coextension of meaning-making and life; and the third and fourth then outline how this evolves into societies and individuals.

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λ  literalism
    worshiping words

When different frames of meaning are mixed our ideas become muddled and our choices mistaken —there may be an epidemic in our minds and one too in our souls but even if so these are not the same. Our belief in the meaning of words fiercely prejudices our understanding of what's said, yet the word is not the thing; the map is not the territory.

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Ψ  on being heard
    gathering conversations

Life perceives patters of signs. On being heard the environment gave birth —in the beginning was the word just not a word that we recognize. Life and meaning are coextensive. Through the signs that each being makes it is perceived by others in its environment, and, as a consequence of this, languages emerge and develop.

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Δ  making sense
    fluency and health

Communication is fundamental. As beings have evolved, from the beginning their survival has depended upon their ability to successfully interact with both material and social environments. Their physical and mental well-being, dependent upon the protection and empowerment of social integration, coextends with their fluency.

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θ  imprinting
   adapting cultures

As a society develops and grows, its individuals become more dependent upon it and their roles increasingly specialize. Cohesion is achieved by means of a shared cultural narrative. To survive this must compete with others in the thoughts and behaviours of individuals. On being believed, its information replicates and its society grows.

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