Re: Extropic art: symbolism, interpretation & association

Mon, 17 Mar 1997 15:08:30 -0500 (EST)

In a message dated 3/17/97 3:18:11 PM, Gregory Houston quoted my statement,

>>Far better to just create [art], share it, and enjoy it.

and concluded:

>You have just defined it then. You have defined art as something to be
>created, shared, and enjoyed.

No, I've merely advocated a particular use of art. A definition sets forth
terms that can stand in for the referent. You cannot usefully substitute "a
thing created, shared, and enjoyed" for all uses of "art". The phrase covers
things (eg, children, cookies, and feelings of good will) that in normal (or
even plausible) usage do not equate to "art".

(Enough of this sort of silliness! In the name of Newton, I want to discuss
definitions of "definition" even less than I want to discuss defintions of