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Malcolm McAfee

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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, 04:24 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 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 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, 04:43 PM
 

Part of the tone of the initiative derives from the collective stance taken in opposition to an “adversary” whose image is progressively clarified. This approach is used as a way of focusing resources and attention. Efforts are especially directed to responding to the ability of the adversary to obscure or deflect understanding and purpose, and to erode configurations of resources. Ways of creatively redefining the context within which the adversary is perceived are an ongoing concern. Efforts are made to “internalize” the significance of adversaries, to explore the resulting dynamics as a means of transcending them, and to adopt a creative approach to scapegoat generation.

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by scott s - Friday, August 29, 2008, 04:44 PM
 

The degree of individual and collective commitment introduces a quite distinctive quality. Border Studies is an environment congenial to highly self-motivated individuals and it encourages the redefinition of such commitment. There is a collective appreciation of the risks and sacrifices associated with the work as well as the possible benefits.

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by scott s - Friday, August 29, 2008, 04:46 PM
 

Much of the work responds to contradictions in the psycho-social system and in the efforts to improve it. Any creative response implies the possibility of some emergent synthesis which would transcend such limitations rather than simply favoring a particular model or method. It is suspected that the nature of the synthesis is such that its paradoxical quality cannot be completely embodied in simple forms. Emphasis is therefore given to indirect approaches. Configurations of competing forms, or patterns of resonance between alternative modes, are explored as ways of expressing the dynamics of subtler levels of synthesis in a manner significant for psycho-social design.

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by scott s - Friday, August 29, 2008, 04:45 PM
 

In envisaging research and designing action strategies, special attention is given to the need for constraints, limits or self-discipline. Constraints, including death itself, are seen as a vital means of giving form to freedom. They are not simply regretted and eliminated as unwelcome impositions, but are viewed as a creative challenge which helps to structure any psycho-social design and to articulate its unique quality.

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by scott s - Friday, August 29, 2008, 04:43 PM
 

Effort is directed toward complementing conventional “positive” approaches by cultivating a more creative understanding of “negative” approaches. In the same spirit, careful attention is given to any domain which is neglected or considered irrelevant. Deliberate attempts are made to “rehabilitate” the significance of whatever has been rejected in this way. This attitude extends to hidden assumptions and the ugly realities of the enterprise itself viewed as constituting its own “shadow”.


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