Re: The "Group-Entity" Illusion

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Wed, 20 Jan 1999 21:17:33 -0700

I'm very interested in your idea that "the social entity... communicates with itself." Please tell me more. Have you written an article or paper on this?

I'd like to add a section on this to #TL05AB: ANTHROPOMORPHISM AND RELATED PHENOMENA <>. I'll properly attribute your contribution to you, or attribute it to "anonymous," if you prefer.

(I'll also be adding a reference to "Cloud Veil Theory" <>.)

Frederick Mann

At 08:55 PM 1/20/99 -0500, Ian Goddard <> wrote:
>At 12:10 PM 1/20/99 -0700, Freehand wrote:
>>Smith's "invisible hand" is a metaphor. The utilization
>>of a metaphor to "explain" some phenomenon, does not
>>imply the existence of an entity.
> IAN: That "the invisible hand" is a metaphor
> also does not mean society does not function
> as a collective entity, so no point is made.
> In fact, the utility of the metaphor in this
> case exactly expresses the fact that society
> really does operate as if it were "one hand."
> It's the failure of central planners to perceive
> the social entity, how it communicates with it-
> self (supply/demand pricing) and such, that is
> why they assume someone needs to plan for it.

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