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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Synesis

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:00 PM

From a New York Times  weblog last night—

The Reconstruction of Rome
By ROBERT BEASER

The New York Times , Nov. 27, 2012, 9:00 PM

Logic Pro software enables us to layer complex
technolike tracks and simulate meta, sampled orchestras—
fake orchestras that have on more than one occasion
fooled a jury of the most discriminating composers
into thinking it was the real thing. …

Several decades of cultural relativism has helped to
hasten the decline of the dominance of Western canon….

This next generation is becoming adept at taking small
bits of information, unformed, and assembling it
into larger asynchronous maps, of nonlinear order. 

IT from BITS*

These failures of number agreement—
orchestras… it,  decades… has,  bits… it —
suggest a look at synesis.

Synesis is a traditional grammatical/rhetorical term
derived from Greek σύνεσις (originally meaning "unification,
meeting, sense, conscience, insight, realization, mind, reason").
A constructio kata synesin  (or constructio ad sensum  in Latin)
means a grammatical construction in which a word takes
the gender or number not of the word with which it should
regularly agree, but of some other word implied in that word.
It is effectively an agreement of words with the sense,
instead of the morphosyntactic form. Example:
"If the band are popular, they will play next month." —Wikipedia

The conclusion of Wikipedia's synesis article is of particular interest:

See also…. Elohim , a Hebrew word whose number varies.

* A nod to the late John Archibald Wheeler

Annals of Religion

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:56 AM

IMAGE- 'Candlestick of Death' in Michener's 'The Source'
IMAGE- An Oscar for 'Chicago'

Diamond Theory

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 2:18 AM

A pdf of a 1977 three-page article with this title
has been added at finitegeometry.org/sc.

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