Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 362. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: 2019-10-29 07:18:25+00:00 From: Willard McCarty
Subject: what we're not only ready for but doing In yesterday's lot of postings from Humanist, Bill Benzon observed of an ongoing exchange that the written paper he had cited earlier as a contribution to the conversation had been ignored. To draw out what's going on, let me suggest a thought-experiment: that we imagine the same exchange enacted face-to-face on the one hand, and on the other, carried out through a series of published articles. I situate what's happening on Humanist inbetween these two hands. My argument would be, and is, that such things as Humanist are much closer to the former than the latter. As you've doubtless observed, I come at Humanist for research purposes to engage in offhand conversation, with all its sloppiness, non-sequiturs, tangential remarks and so on. I think of it as panning for gold; or tuning a complex adaptive system close enough to chaos that unexpected things start to happen; or putting myself in the path of serendipity. And how valuable it has turned out to be! Yours, WM -- Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), Professor emeritus, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20) and Humanist (www.dhhumanist.org) _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: email@example.com List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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