On 4/10/2018 4:02 PM, Edwina Taborsky wrote:
As for societies, I view them as compositions of matter [made up of
ecological biomes and population size and economic mode], held together
by conceptual Thirdness.
Yes. But a society is like a pet cat. You can recognize the people
or the cat, but what makes a cat into a pet or people into a society
is not directly observable.
But it's possible to infer that role by long-term investigation.
By watching how the cat behaves, you can tell that it has been
and possibly still is a pet.
For cats, a direct question isn't helpful. For people, you can
also ask them "Are you here for some sort of event?"
Summary: role types cannot be distinguished by a snapshot,
but they can be detected by a combination of observations
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