Re: virus: Technology (was manifest science)

Joe E. Dees (
Sun, 6 Jun 1999 22:06:13 -0500

From:   (Brett Robertson)
Date sent:      	Sat, 5 Jun 1999 12:25:23 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        	Re: virus: Technology (was manifest science)
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> No, I mean a dead human's bones-- those which are found "just lying
> there" (and which are neither used FOR tools nor made BY "tools" in the
> generally accepted sense of the word... except that I would agree that
> something broken by the hands is formed by a "tool" in the broader sense
> of the word and/or that bones are similarly formed by such "tools" of
> nature). Yes, these bones are considered "artefacts". No, they do not
> follow the definition you suggest.
This is an example of your inability to understand the distinction between tool and body even when explained to you in words of few syllables.
> An (expanded) explanation of "artefact":
> An *artifact* is an icon divested of its "living" significance (ex.
> human bones can be said to be "artifacts" of a "dead" civilization).
An ancient statue of the Buddha may be an artifact, and still retain significance to contemporary (and living) Buddhists.
> An icon is anything which, because of its prominence (within a culture,
> for example), is useful for interpreting ideas, ideals, and individuals
> to a common standard. In addition, however, the icon has *living
> significance* because it is embodied by an individual whose life becomes
> an example of what the icon represents (thus, the icon has a changing
> nature which suggests that the significance OF it is partly due to its
> contemporary application).
So Mother Theresa can be at once both the icon of a sainted hungry-child-in-India-feeding nun and the anti-icon of an extreme antiabortion campaigner who consorted with Haiti's Duvaliers. It is odd that Catholics consider statues of the long-dead Jesus and Mary to be icons.
> An artifact, on the other hand, is no longer embodied by a modern
> individual and so, while a useful standard for interpreting ideas and
> ideals related to "dead" cultures, an artifact is nonetheless seen as
> being divorced from the living significance with which it was once
> empowered.
And yet a living Buddhist may yet find personal inspiration in such a thing.
> Brett Lane Robertson
> Indiana, USA
> MindRecreation Metaphysical Assn.
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