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A Mini-History of our bias towards "things"

In some respects, it only makes sense to talk about things - if only because you can sense them. That is, if you can't see, hear, taste, touch or smell something, then, it's pretty hard to talk about it. Science is predicated on that fact. Our culture is powerfully biased in that direction.

It you used to be that if you couldn't sense something: couldn't put your hands, eyes, or ears ion it- it only made it harder to talk about - but you respected just as much as anything else. In fact, people actually had very serious arguments about how many angels you could fit on the head of a needle. These days people will have no doubt you're loony if you start talking about such things, but in those days it was deadly serious.

Sir Isaac Newton, the father of mechanistic physics, was as interested in angels, fairies and magic as he was in pure mathematics. In fact for Sir Isaac, mathematics was going to prove their existence! With the maturation of "scientific method", we've conveniently gleaned the wizardly, hocus-pocus sounding stuff from the purely "practical", scientific stuff (this makes Sir Isaac more plalatable). And now we're at the extreme end of that trend. I'm not judging it either way. I just wanted to point out a trend over the last three to four hundred years.

For our purposes, our present day bias towards the literal, towards the materialistic, sensible, abstract, symbolic, object-oriented (object-ive) world, works against us when we try to draw.

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