Hi Stephen P. King
There was also a wise italian philosopher centuries ago who
had a major premiss, namely, that the only way to
fully understand something is to construct it.
[Roger Clough], [rclo...@verizon.net]
"Forever is a long time, especially near the end." - Woody Allen
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From: Stephen P. King
Time: 2012-12-29, 11:11:50
Subject: Re: Show me, don't tell me
On 12/29/2012 10:09 AM, Roger Clough wrote:
Hi Bruno Marchal
I'm trying to recall (but can't) a particular author
who often writes what appears to be a text, but it's
really only an introduction. He never gets to the point
he seemed to be headed toward.
Others seem to have gone to the same composition class.
I have read entire books where the author talks "about"
a subject, but never gets to the meat of the subject.
IMHO the only crucial rule of composition (or of writing a play
or a poem or a letter or any essay) to me is
"Show me, don't tell me".
Are ideas actual objects *in the world* outside of us or are they purely
internal mental constructs? Have you ever seen the expression: "Don't look at
the finger, look at what it is pointing."? We must never forget that a
representation of an idea is itself an idea... A remark about a remark about a
remark, is still a remark and has meaning - if one can grasp it... I was trying
to illustrate a concept, to "show it"...
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