Conversation as ...
Notes for a conversation about conversation
(in Literary Kinds, February 2010)
Some starting questions:
- Why does one talk, read, write?
- Why do others talk, read, write?
- self discovery/affirmation
- social grooming/positioning
"Of that which we cannot speak we must remain silent" ... Ludwig Wittgenstein
"The answer to the question 'What is the way the world is? What are the ways the world is?' is not a shush, but a chatter" ... Nelson Goodman
"I think that categories can be in flux, but most are so fixed in our mindsets that our biases make it impossible to overlook certain categories." ... racheir
Problems of/requirements for conversation as construction
Can there be anything new under the sun?
Can one contribute to it oneself?
How does one do it?
Enjoy creation of new shared subjectivities
What about the risks of doing so?
Againstness and aloneness
Towards a culture of ability?
Deconstructing and reconstructing understandings, both individual and cultural