Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 75. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: 2019-06-09 05:32:21+00:00 From: Willard McCarty
Subject: how to restrain the new? In a recent workshop a fellow participant objected to my notion of value in computing derived from finding the new. He noted that we are bombarded with novelty constantly. Indeed, something going wrong with your brain can lead to a massive deluge of raw data that renders you helpless. Some people, for example, lack the ability to limit their empathy with others and so are overcome by feeling what they feel -- to a degree that challenges theories of perception. (Forgive me for forgetting the name of this condition.) The point is that mere novelty gets us nowhere. My response was to revise my statement by shifting the focus to the creative function of constraints or filters, if you will. In terms of Viktor Shklovsky's 'defamiliarisation', that which jolts us out of habitualisation is not merely the opening of a door but something else. Intelligibility requires more. Where might I go to learn more about this selective liberation? 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) _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: email@example.com List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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