[lit-ideas] Re: What is information?

  • From: "Mike Geary" <atlas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2006 12:44:12 -0500


Joerg asks, "what is essentialism ? "

It's a philosophical malady, a doozy apparently.......

I took Joerg's post not as a question but as an ironic comment on Donal's accusation that Junger's question concerning 'information' smacked of essentialism -- namely that every "what is this?" question implies essentialism. A point that inspires my Sunday Poem.


The what it is for to be a horse is not the what it is for to be an oak tree, for no one of woman born ever planted an acorn hoping to harvest a horse, because the cause of things being the beings they be, is, of course, that things are as they are, i.e., a house is house, not a car. But all things are things, you say, ergo, essentially, all the same. Be that as it may you're you, I'm me, for that we both thank haecceity.

Mike Geary

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