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Humanist Archives: Feb. 18, 2022, 6:42 a.m. Humanist 35.537 - Man a Machine . . . and AI

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 537.
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        Date: 2022-02-17 17:19:11+00:00
        From: Dr. Herbert Wender <>
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 35.535: Man a Machine . . . and AI


as a man who is old enough to be primarily educated with books only I have great
difficulties to understand this debate on 'dead-ended' editions based on
'static' technology unable to grasp the dymamics of 'interpretive moves', and I
fear that it is not only because English was not part of my education.
Consequently I cannot be part of a serious discussiom on Joyce's Ulysses, and if
I actually read Hugh Kenners commentary, it is the 1982 german translation of
the first edition, so I suppose that some later 'interpretative moves' are
reported in the revised edition of this scholarly work, not to speak about
further insights later on. But all those 'moves' are recorded in very 'static'
publications - alas, what's the problem with respect to record interpretive
dynamics in static documents?

And what will mean "measurement" in the following context:
"the interpretive moves have to be integrated in humanist documents because
their "content" is always a (changing, dynamic) result of
a particular reader's/user's/interpreter's act of measurement."

I had expected the word 'interpretation' and I would hope that in electronic
editions too such measurement aka interpretation is, though "integrated",
recognizable as addition to the record of the source document.

Kind regards, Herbert

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