pdp1@EARTHLINK.NET on mon 8 sep 08
Well, were-be-gone are those impassioned worriers? who felt that any hint of
"Anthropomorphism" was some danger or 'threat' or Public Menace, or terrible
error? or scandalous sign of prefrontal lability? or whatever underlay their
'hard' censures and concerns about it?
Where is their reply?
Where is the explication I have asked for?
I want to now on what basis it is such a threat or danger or offence?
I could find nothing identifying 'eryaleiomorphism' in my 'googles'...
Please explain it if-you-will?
But, I have long wanted one of my Booth-Helper Name-Tags for the
'enceeeeekeeeees' to read "Anna Morph" ( anamorph )...and or 'Theri Ann
Thrope" ( therianthrope )
Possibly we enjoy sympathetic outlooks.
For me anything one can identify in any way, is an 'Artefact' of one
provenance or another.
With this, for me, there are no 'nouns'...only 'Verbs'.
There are no 'things'...( except in people's imaginations, )...there are
dynamic 'events' and confluences, whose abstracts, cross-sections, or other
features, we identify according to our Lights.
And a 'Tool' is anything which mediates anyone's exercise of their
For which, our 'Bodys' themselves would be understood to be included, since,
of course, our Bodys 'mediate' our interests.
In reading the 'Wikipedia' page...
...for "Anthropomorphism"...I find about what I had expected to find: The
legacy of confusion, projection, indescernment, insecurity, insularity,
disaffection, compounded with
the liabilities-in-practice, of 'Language', or rather, of how Language is
used, or, the 'spell' of 'Language', and how we are swayed by it's beguiles,
and, implicitly, how we are and have been victims of banal 'politics' in
which so much of 'the world' has been defined for us by others 'as'
territory belonging to 'them'.
"Dispensations of Mind"
...is one phrase which floated up for me...
Or, rather than people would elect the sensible appreciation, sensible
relation, seeing simply that many
qualities are to be found in-common among all ( or depending on the quality
in question, then at least 'most' ) Creatures...or most Endothermic
anyway...and that there is no more 'uniquely human' than that there would be
'uniquely Crocodile' or whatever...where, people instead prefer to get
uptight or nasty or defensive, if what are actually 'common' qualities,
should be noted as present in Animals of 'other' Species than 'ours'.
Or, worse, that anyone would attribute 'to' a 'Machine', any 'quality' (
even figuratively, ) which otherwise is the jealously guarded 'proprietary'
claim of a 'human being'.
Can one figuratively or literally attribute 'Nobility', 'Fidelity',
'Steadfastness', 'Reliability', Honorableness'...'to' a 'Machine'?
I do not see why not.
How often have I admired THOSE 'qualities' in-a-Machine who/which
How often have I seen or known or been able to rely on any person to
exemplify those 'qualities'?
About close to "never"...if possibly for a few pitifully brief occasions,
only substantiative-enough to mislead one into expecting more, for then
finding more was not
But, Heaven forbid...anyone, EVER, dare...'attribute' ANY 'human' quality
'to' anyone or anything else.
Golly, all those endless 'ass hole' Machines, and ne'r-do-well unreliable
'Animals'...and so on...!
Why, THAT never seems to happen as for 'attribution', does it?
Curious, isn't it?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Taylor Hendrix"
> Dearest Phil,
> I am sorry I can't help you with your delving into the deep structures
> of anthropomorphism, or in our case, tools being turned into men, but
> I think I might be of some help with the inverse: eryaleiomorphism.
> (sorry, I really know nothing about Greek).
> The immediate englished exemplar can be stated thus: We are all being
> such TOOLS. The emphasis is entirely mine.
> Let your heart determine the truthfulness of my claim, it's faithful
> daily fulfillment here on this list, and any subsequent objections.
> Taylor, in Rockport TX
> On Mon, Sep 8, 2008 at 3:53 PM, wrote:
>> Hi everyone,
>> Since "anthropomorphism" is evidently such an extremely objectionable
>> to various people...
>> Can anyone kindly point out to me, any examples of it actually ever
Randall Moody on tue 9 sep 08
If, perchance, you speak of me you have completely missed my point. That
being said, I am done with this discussion so you should not expect an
answer from me.
--Randall in Atlanta
On Mon, Sep 8, 2008 at 10:53 PM, wrote:
> Hi Taylor,
> Well, were-be-gone are those impassioned worriers? who felt that any hint
> "Anthropomorphism" was some danger or 'threat' or Public Menace, or
> error? or scandalous sign of prefrontal lability? or whatever underlay
> 'hard' censures and concerns about it?
> l v