Sunday, December 15, 2013

More Evidence of Madness (Scientists, Apes, and Bananas)

“Even generalism is a form of specialism
when it has a method”

“Scientists, people say, are engineers
of knowledge”

“The greatest intelligence is rarely achieved
without being specific”

“Some say that life in general is a vast
exception, a specialized language in
the face of many unrecognized

Quotes from my book The Dimensional Critic's Toolkit, the Singular Sourcebook, A Book of Quotations, in a section called "On Specialism". The goal is to have at least four quality quotations on a wide variety of important subjects. The book is not to be confused with the DPT. The DCT is due to be published around 2018, unless I get ahead of myself. I have considered re-titling the book to "The Dimensional Book of Quotations," except if it is a volume of the encyclopedia, it should fit the Dimensional Title Toolkit format, and 'quotations' doesn't fit the bill for that approach. The choice of the word 'Critic's' seems justified for a book of quotations, lending a unique feel. However, it does conflict a little bit with the subtitle for the first volume of the Dimensional Encyclopedia, which is 'The Essential Criticism'. So another name for the sixth volume, by implication, is "the unessential criticism, which can be taken to mean traditional knowledge, or things not subject to critique. Which takes it back to the question of whether it is a critic's toolkit in the first place. Perhaps only in an avant-garde sense. But I have begun to attach appendixes which explain how the approach to quotations relate to methods of criticism, and it has seemed to work so far. And considering that it is about 1/3 complete, it is likely that the attitude will continue to work. I'm also not sure what else fits after 'aesthetics' in terms of the overall plan of the encyclopedia. I have to really blow some dirt / spend some variables, in the high-minded critical sense, if I want the encyclopedia to succeed. Apparently, to appeal to critics, I have to be a critic myself. And this is one of the creative approaches to that attitude. The earlier books (Volumes 1-5) set up the dimensional tradition. Whereas the following books (Volumes 7 - 16 or so) strategically reject the role of the critic, and therefore maintain vitality.

I hope readers will approve, although I'm not yet sure if I'll have a large volume of readers.

By the way, the original motive for this post was the observation that all the quotes under "On Specialism" seem to relate to a devious scientist who wants his ape subject to slip on a banana. Oh well.

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