Category Archives: Forms

Coding/programming & form/content

Levi at Larval Subjects wrote: I once knew a person who had been raised as a rightwing Christian fundamentalist, a real true believer, and that then became a Marxist atheist in college. The curious thing was that while the content … Continue reading

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Response to Paul Stenner’s article on Emotion and Luhmann

After some discussion and further reading, I now see some of what I say here as confused, but I will leave the post here. Paul Stenner published a very interesting, very clearly written article in 2004 titled “Is Autopoietic Systems Theory … Continue reading

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So-Called System Failure

The only way an autopoietic system can fail is if it stops reproducing itself. Instrumental purposes are constructed by another observing system. What we might consider success for a system, such the education system transforming all human beings into persons, … Continue reading

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The mass media doesn’t distinguish between information and disinformation. The mass media system only distinguishes between information/noninformation, and information is information as far it’s concerned. Propaganda, fake news, hate speech, etc., circulate freely through the mass media without any regard … Continue reading

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What is meant when we talk about . . .

[W]hat is meant when we talk about action? You will recall that I always develop concepts from the standpoint of the observer who has to decide what distinction he wants to use to define action, if “action” is supposed to … Continue reading

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Crossing and Conditioning

In our sexist society, men are supposed to be assertive and women are supposed to be passive and agreeable. Active/passive is a two-sided form, and the boundary between active and passive must be crossable, allowing for oscillation. It must be possible … Continue reading

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Two-Sided Forms

Religion observes through the form of transcendence/immanence. The “ground of all being” is transcendent; this is what we do not see or experience in daily life, but, according to the religion system, we can get a glimpse through the curtain in … Continue reading

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