RE: RARA-AVIS: Murderous geniuses

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 11 Apr 2004


Exactly. These are abstractions that are nothing but their labels. The labels are the things, the ideas, the concepts.>>

Yes, abstraction has always been used in naming
(particularly of classes and attributes)-- but abstractions only function as intended within particular contexts. Change the context from, say, musical geniuses to Hollywood geniuses, and you have a totally different use and tacit understanding of the abstraction.

What I'm quoting is the Sapir-Whorf theory and its extensions (by Barthes) to "discourses". Advertising, for example, functions strictly within a discourse. Many times the discourse does not represent even a fraction of a
"culture". Language is as fragmented as the world itself. Unity of any sort is an illusion.



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