[Humanist] 22.486 taming reality or ignoring it
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Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 486.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2009 07:39:46 -0600
From: John Laudun <jlaudun at mac.com>
Subject: Re: [Humanist] 22.485 taming reality or ignoring it?
> But how familiar this sounds now. In our struggles with
> textual encoding, at the depths of interpretation rather than simply
> formatting for publication, have we done any better?
Not when we try to do computationally what we were/are already very
good at doing on our own. Where we have done better is when the
introduction of computation changes the nature of the object of study
-- as Barthes suggested long ago, I believe, in his essay on
interdisciplinarity ("The Young Researchers"?). Or, as I recently
suggested to a student, when computational abilities glean patterns
that our minds already perceive (but dimly, as if on the tip of our
tongue) but articulates/concretizes them in such a way as to bring
them to the fore of our attention for our conscious consideration.
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University of Louisiana – Lafayette
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