Marks and Remarks
Food for the Mind and Eye

No. 0121, April 25, 2017


In the Beginning Is the Word

Copyright 2017 by S. W. Paul Wyszkowski

     And the Word is Change and Change is Information, the living Word. The Word has no power until it is read and the reading of it is what it is like to Be. Then the next Word is read, which is not known until it is read though the still reverberating sound of the Words that came before invites resonant harmonies.

     "What in the world are you talking about?" Prickles demands to know. I'm referring to an epiphany I had the other morning while waiting to be woken. "Namely?" says Prickles. So I had been irritated recently by obscure logical arguments which philosophers of consciousness have been tediously spinning out about conceivability and possibility of some X (in this case X happened to be zombies). To misquote Hamlet: "Sentences, sentences, sentences." So I asked myself, what is a "sentence" anyway? Then it struck me: a sentence is a declaration or recognition of a difference/relationship between some A and some other B, which is essentially the definition I give in my "Elements of Existence" to "observation" or "event" (the two are synonymous). So an observation/event, as I define it, is equivalent to a sentence in a logical formalism. An observation is, in effect, an utterance or, metaphorically speaking, a Word. The uttering (reading) of it is what it feels like to observe/change/experience/become/exist (in "Elements of Existence" all of these are interchangeable synonyms).

     "Seems to me," opines Prickles, "there's more poetry here than logic". So much the better. I trust poetry more than logic. But I think this works, it just needs a little more rigorous analysis of the connection between speech and experience. Something like the connection between precept and concept - how do they combine to constitute the subjective experience?. "OK," says Prickles, "when you get it sorted out, we'll talk."



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