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by Malcolm McAfee - Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 04:01 PM
 One of the most crucial human attributes is language. Language in invented within culture, learned by the personalities of a given society or community and explains the organization of the society or community.
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by Malcolm McAfee - Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 04:09 PM
 Language differs greatly within the culture of a society or community, hence in the organization of that society or community and hence in its personalities.
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by Malcolm McAfee - Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 04:19 PM
 Some aspects of language are potentially universal. like STOP signs or mathematical notation. This aspect of language can be problematic as it was for French and is now for English. The capacity of the computer in translation, even in real time, can appear to modify this matter. However, deep differences in language due to gender, generation, "East-West", educational attainment and other features continue to complicate.
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by Malcolm McAfee - Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 04:24 PM
 Since our species swung out of the trees, other ways of communicating and remembering have been useful to us, as they are to other animals. Tastes and smells are among the more subtle modalities, though they are, as yet, difficult for computers to cope with effectively. Sounds and sights are quite a different matter, as we use music and our perception of events like sunsets to enliven our existence and enhance our sense of what it means to be human.
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by scott s - Friday, August 29, 2008, 04:39 PM
 

The development of a progressively more mature mode of action is a core preoccupation. Ways of transcending and using disagreement are sought, whilst recognizing the valuable function of such divisive processes. Fashionable problems and short-term methods are seen in a broader context, whilst cultivating a spontaneous sense of the immediate significance of the present. An elitist form of maturity is avoided by developing a creative attitude toward the function of ignorance.

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by scott s - Friday, August 29, 2008, 04:39 PM
 

The mode of operation is such as to cultivate a reservoir of energy whereby a wide variety of actions can be empowered, thus countering the pervasive sense of individual and collective impotence. Action is however primarily indirect, taking full advantage of the energy expended by opposing forces.

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by scott s - Friday, August 29, 2008, 04:40 PM
 

Work is primarily designed to be relevant to post-crisis conditions, in contrast to the widespread efforts at minor adaptation of existing structures. This requires both a long-term concern for cultural survival and the development of preparedness for a “mid-wife” function in the immediate future.

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by scott s - Friday, August 29, 2008, 04:40 PM
 

Research is carried out with the intention of developing “blueprints” for action or to enable better modes of action to be generated. Priorities are such that little research is carried out purely for its own sake.

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by scott s - Friday, August 29, 2008, 04:40 PM
 

Effort is directed toward countering the progressive impoverishment and homogenization of the psycho-cultural system. Diversity is cultivated so that the qualitative value of the parts to the whole can be readily appreciated.

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by scott s - Friday, August 29, 2008, 04:41 PM
 

There is a central concern with the cultivation of quality and the design of a context within which such quality can be appreciated and enhanced. The essentially nameless quality cultivated encompasses both material and non-material dimensions, but especially the simpler and more fundamental qualities which are normally eroded, rather than embodied, in elitist contexts and “centers of excellence.


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