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Humanist Archives: Oct. 31, 2019, 6:27 a.m. Humanist 33.365 - what we're not only ready for but doing

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    [1]    From: Francois Lachance 
           Subject: On going meta Re: [Humanist] 33.362: what we're not only ready for      but doing (36)

    [2]    From: Tim Smithers 
           Subject: Re: [Humanist] 33.362: what we're not only ready for but doing (54)


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        Date: 2019-10-30 12:47:25+00:00
        From: Francois Lachance 
        Subject: On going meta Re: [Humanist] 33.362: what we're not only ready for      but doing

Willard

Re the "offhand conversation". Who does what work in conversation? (I
recall many an incisive critique (back up by empirical evidence) from
feminists on the topic of turn taking and air time). Such is the
"serendipity" that made me recall that area of research...

And here I propose an alternative analogy: beachcombing. At every step the
question of what is of value is posed. Do I treasure pebbles, shells, a
piece of driftwood, the elusive message in a bottle? What's worth
contemplating for a while, what worth lugging? We go meta at any moment.

Regardless of gender or preferred analogy, the work of keeping
conversations going involves many moments (some silent) of asking what it
is that is worth seeking.

[snip]

> that such things as Humanist are much closer to the former than the
> latter. As you've doubtless observed, I come at Humanist for research
> purposes to engage in offhand conversation, with all its sloppiness,
> non-sequiturs, tangential remarks and so on. I think of it as panning
> for gold; or tuning a complex adaptive system close enough to chaos that
> unexpected things start to happen; or putting myself in the path of
> serendipity. And how valuable it has turned out to be!

Happy wanderings on those paths of serendipity. Keep telling us what you
find.

--
Francois Lachance
Scholar-at-large
http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~lachance
https://berneval.hcommons.org



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        Date: 2019-10-30 09:25:14+00:00
        From: Tim Smithers 
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 33.362: what we're not only ready for but doing

Brilliant, Willard!

Yes, Humanist is one of the very very few places we can still
pan for gold, jump in to the near chaotic and discover an
unexpected, join a path that passes serendipitous places.

For all this, and your ever lasting care of Humanist, it's one
of the best things around.

Best regards,

Tim


> On 30 Oct 2019, at 09:01, Humanist  wrote:
>
>                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 362.
>            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
>                   Hosted by King's Digital Lab
>                       www.dhhumanist.org
>                Submit to: humanist@dhhumanist.org
>
>
>
>
>        Date: 2019-10-29 07:18:25+00:00
>        From: Willard McCarty 
>        Subject: what we're not only ready for but doing
>
> In yesterday's lot of postings from Humanist, Bill Benzon observed of an
> ongoing exchange that the written paper he had cited earlier as a
> contribution to the conversation had been ignored. To draw out what's
> going on, let me suggest a thought-experiment: that we imagine the same
> exchange enacted face-to-face on the one hand, and on the other, carried
> out through a series of published articles. I situate what's happening
> on Humanist inbetween these two hands. My argument would be, and is,
> that such things as Humanist are much closer to the former than the
> latter. As you've doubtless observed, I come at Humanist for research
> purposes to engage in offhand conversation, with all its sloppiness,
> non-sequiturs, tangential remarks and so on. I think of it as panning
> for gold; or tuning a complex adaptive system close enough to chaos that
> unexpected things start to happen; or putting myself in the path of
> serendipity. And how valuable it has turned out to be!
>
> Yours,
> WM
>
>
> --
> Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/),
> Professor emeritus, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College
> London; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
> (www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20) and Humanist (www.dhhumanist.org)



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