Re: A one-dimensional universe of sound


Subject: Re: A one-dimensional universe of sound
From: Eliot Handelman (eliot@generation.net)
Date: Sun Feb 13 2005 - 02:14:07 EST


Steve Layton wrote:

> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Michael Gogins" <gogins@pipeline.com>
> To: <cec-conference@concordia.ca>
> Sent: Saturday, February 12, 2005 4:02 PM
> Subject: Re: A one-dimensional universe of sound
>
>
>> In the simplest case I have only one choice, I am not free. In the
>> next case I have two choices, I am free. In the next case I have
>> three choices, I am more free than with two. With an infinite number
>> of choices I have the most possible freedom. This is just common sense.
>
>
> No, you simply have the most possible choices, not the most possible
> freedom. Personal choices from possibilities is freedom, which (maybe
> counter-intuitively) is a selective and limiting activity. Or, we
> could say, a structuring. And, in realistic terms, a finite structuring.

We often do our best with no choice, eg, getting a deadline and such.
It's just then
that the mind often takes flight into its own imaginative freedom. So I
agree that choices
and freedom aren't necessarily the same. There's a whole dialectical
passage in
Mann's Faustus about the meaning of freedom in rigor. Of course there's
also a reference to fascism in that, so you must decide.

-- eliot



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