21.150 geographical models

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 4 Jul 2007 07:01:08 +0100

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 21, No. 150.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

         Date: Wed, 04 Jul 2007 06:46:31 +0100
         From: Stan Ruecker <sruecker_at_ualberta.ca>
         Subject: Re: 21.136 geographical models?

Dear Willard,

I don't know if this site will have anything along the lines of what
you are thinking about, but they've been doing a lot of work. It's a
Canadian participatory GIS project called the Aboriginal Mapping Network:



Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty
<willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>) wrote:
> Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 21, No. 136.
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> Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2007 08:33:12 +0100
> From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
> >In Humanist 21.113 I referred to Edouard Glissant's geographical
>metaphor in Poetics of Relation (Michigan, 1997) but did not quote
>what he says. Forgive me for the repetition, but now I'd like to turn
>the reference into a question. Here is what he says:
> >The Caribbean, as far as I am concerned, may be held up as one of
> >the places in the world where Relation presents itself most visibly,
> >one of the explosive regions where it seems to be gathering
> >strength. This has always been a place of encounter and connivance
> >and, at the same time, a passageway toward the American continent.
> >Compared to the Mediterranean, which is an inner sea surrounded by
> >lands, a sea that concentrates (in Greek, Hebrew, and Latin
> >antiquity and later in the emergence of Islam, imposing the thought
> >of the One), the Caribbean is, in contrast, a sea that explodes the
> >scattered lands into an arc. A sea that diffracts. Without
> >necessarily inferring any advantage whatsoever to their situation,
> >the reality of archipelagos in the Caribbean or the Pacific provides
> >a natural illustration of the thought of Relation. (p. 33)
>I became interested in the effects of native geography on how one
>constructs one's various worlds when I encountered the mathematician
>David Hilbert's imperial metaphor of the relation of disciplines in
>his 1917 lecture, "Axiomatic Thought" (in William Ewald, ed., From
>Kant to Hilbert: A Source Book in the Foundations of
>Mathematics. Volume II. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996.):
> >Just as in the life of nations the individual nation can only thrive
> >when all neighbouring nations are in good health; and just as the
> >interest of states demands, not only that order prevail within every
> >individual state, but also that the relationships of the states among
> >themselves be in good order; so it is in the life of the sciences. In
> >due recognition of this fact the most important bearers of mathematical
> >thought have always evinced great interest in the laws and the structure
> >of the neighbouring sciences; above all for the benefit of mathematics
> >itself they have always cultivated the relations to the neighbouring
> >sciences, especially to the great empires of physics and epistemology.
>In an article in Literary and Linguistic Computing (21.1, 2006) I
>pointed to some Australian examples, much closer to the Caribbean
>than the European. Does anyone here know of others? Are there British
>examples that differ significantly from the continental European, as
>one suspects they would? Any Canadian ones other than Northrop Frye's
>speculations on the relationship been geographically determined
>demography and his people's genius for communication?
>Dr Willard McCarty | Reader in Humanities Computing | Centre for
>Computing in the Humanities | King's College London |
>http://staff.cch.kcl.ac.uk/~wmccarty/. Et sic in infinitum (Fludd
>1617, p. 26).
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