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jeremy hunsinger

the problem with his account, if there is one... is that he seems to suppose that meanings are objects or things.... they are not, they are not a bag of marbles in as much as the marbles exist, they are our interpretations of that bag of marbles, meanings are processes, and specifically they are traceable trajectories, influenced by our lives(among other things) and the lives of other interpreters , ney narrators. we have too much meaning when we can no longer exchange the interpretation or tell the story. thus meaning is subjectively limited in projection, there is no way to determine its reception. a famous french philosopher once alluded to the fact that meaning was in the nose, it is in the statement.... 'do you smell that' it is in fact... in the noise that we share that we construct meanings, based on the sharing, the locus communus that we define collectively. so we need to avoid the constructions of 'I' or 'me' when talking about meaning, as there is both an intersubjectivity and a distributed subjectivity afoot. we learn... to smell, much as we learn to differentiate noise from information.


I kind of smiled when I read this. My first reaction was that he was trying a little too hard on this one. I'm not sure we can have too much meaning. :)


I'm amused by the last statement, "'What is too much meaning?' depends on what meaning we make of it." And I agree with it.

Perhaps David W. is feeling overwhelming by the sheer amount of interesting and wonderful information / knowledge / meaning that he finds and that goes to him? Faced with a super-abundance of well-written informative useful... blogs, wikis and other media, I'm feeling this. And I think somewhere, I really need to draw a distinct line and say "NO" to many good things so that I can focus on the few good AND important things in my life at this moment.


On second thoughts, perhaps he meant that being presented with too many perspectives on the same thing (lots of meaning) can be too much? It's like that Calvin & Hobbes cartoon strip where Calvin (who was seeing multiple perspectives) and surroundings were depicted like a schizophrenic/late-Picasso painting.

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