[FoRK] Re: "Thanks for the Facts. Now Sell Them."
Stephen D. Williams
<sdw at lig.net> on
Wed Apr 18 06:50:31 PDT 2007
Lion Kimbro wrote:
> Tom Higgins,
> As for personification: Quite fair, to question
> the tendency, and yet, it is what happens. As we all
> saw here, Jeff *did indeed* personify the universe.
> I do not know why we do it, I only know that we have
> great difficulty completely segregating thought from
> feeling. I'd wager that they are intertwined by vast
> networks of association.
> People who hang out with mountains DO tend to
> care for them, and even to personify them. I think,
> contrary to what you wrote, it DOES enhance the
> enjoyment of the mountain for them. I do not know
> why this is the case, but it DOES seems to be the
> If we are all, ultimately, rock, water, meat,
> ("thinking meat!",) and so on, ... ...then why would
> it be absurd to feel affection for a mountain?
I personify things all the time. I will say "this code tries to
accomplish X". Personification is one of two things:
A shorthand for a precise reference that isn't really the focus of the
statement (as above), or:
A reflection of my own thinking, value system, symbolism, and humanity.
I might personify a mountain, or a country, or the weather, but I'm
really talking about the affect or meaning that such a thing has on me
or other humans.
Clearly I do not think such a thing is alive or has a spirit or other
Sometimes these concepts are combined. My understanding of Gaia seems
to indicate that those who place great value in the concept are using
both senses of personification.
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