Re: development (in 14 + 4)

Subject: Re: development (in 14 + 4)
From: Kevin Austin (
Date: Tue Aug 24 2004 - 17:56:48 EDT

Heading further into semantic-land ... (and this barely touches the surface!)

Language and linguistic labels are contextual.

(*) The (ex)change of a 'collection'(*) of characteristics for
(an)other set of characteristics. This may also be accomplished
through such processes as metempsychosis, learning, enlightenment,
corporate sponsorship ...

(*) The process of addition to an existing collection of
characteristics. This process may include the deletion of
characteristics, such that the end result is smaller than the
starting one.

(*) Refinement may be the reduction of characteristics or an increase
in their discrimination (effectively opposites), depending upon the
context. An example: Bloom said "One plus one is two, but, on the
other hand, the second 'one' plus the first 'one' is also two, but a
different two. See the difference? They are almost the same, but not."

I have avoided (*)ing the trickier, stickier bits.


At 00:15 -0700 2004/08/24, Eliot Handelman wrote:
>Kevin Austin wrote:
>>How about something like ...
>>A contextual term(*), connoting and denoting that through
>>change(*), growth(*) and/or refinement(*) occur(s).
>>14 words, 4 asterisks
>How would you expand the asterisks?
>-- e
>>At 20:50 -0700 2004/08/23, Eliot Handelman wrote:
>>>I'm wondering whether anyone cares to tender a definition of
>>>'development' in 25 words or less. I'd love to hear especially
>>>from our developed colleagues.
>>>-- eliot

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