The Medium is the Message

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Seth says ...

#btw … and this is quite a #btw … but that meme, “The medium is the message”, is somethig that i have been toying with since its drama emerged for me in #p2 days.  It comes out here in what i call #MixedMedia … and is not a thing that i can rationally connect to anything whatsoever … nevertheless it haunts my dreams null



  1. btw
  2. p2
  3. MixedMedia
  4. TheMediumIsTheMessage
  5. thanks
  6. Supervene
  7. GW
  8. BeIng
  9. chotskies
  10. catalyzes
  11. McLuhan
  12. agent
  13. AlreadyAlwaysArguing
  14. HellYes
  15. wow
  16. TetModel
  17. psychology
  18. otherness
  19. sense
  20. gestalt


Seth says
re what i am getting at … nothing really … just connecting some of my personal mental history here in this mind.

Si says
Well, in terms of what we have been discussing over the last few days, I would say that considering the medium to be the message is the root of a tangled and self-limiting belief.

It is akin to the idea that the means of delivery of the information, or the perceived source of the information, is more important than the information itself. And that thought is directly opposite of the idea that we, as humans, always receive the information that matches our state of being … the information we get is that which is most appropriate for us, however it comes, and wherever it comes from, it is what we individually need to move forward.

So the medium being the message short circuits that idea and places us in a reality where “things happen to us” instead of in a reality where “things happen for us”.

Mark de LA says
 See also The Medium is the Message null

Seth says

Seth says
interesting that i did that after #p2 … #thanks → mark for connecting heart

i don’t think it is necessarily connected to #TheMediumIsTheMessage
except perhaps in a way deeper than i can fathom.

Seth says
well yeah i kind of agree … except perhaps where we hair up, #Supervene, to humanity as a whole viewed from a very long duration.  from that perspective, new media coming into existence actually is the new input information to the system null.  

But even from a narrorer perspective of a single personal life, is not new media being depolyed really what informs  the #BeIng? For example i gave #GW a calculator for Christmas one year.  I gave him no mathmatical informtion whatsoever in that gift.  Yet it changed the course of his inquirey for years.

Which, #btw , was not my intention … i just wanted to give him a Christmas #chotskies.

Si says
Not following. I don’t see how a calculator is a medium. A calculator is a tool, it does not contain or transfer information as a function of itself. It simply acts upon information. A pencil is not a medium, and the only difference between a pencil and a calculator is functional complexity.

Si says
Conversation forked to thought 23194

Seth says
i don’t think it matters how you call or name it. 

Any agent which #catalyzes the transfer of information qualifies.   That #agent is considered “the media” In the context of #McLuhan’s meme.   A calculator canalizes the transfer of mathematical information … a pencil canalizes the transfer of graphic information … etc, etc ...

Si says
Somewhere in there I think you have lost the human component, which is what is really driving, and where information is actually transformed into reality experience. I think this is simply another aspect of “if a tree falls in the forest without an ear to hear it, does it make a sound”?

Without a human to experience the transfer or transformation of information, a calculator is just a block of silicon, metal, and plastic. It is the human who is generating the reality experience and the human who is experiencing it. The medium is but a color of the experience, an attribute.

Mark de LA says
The old thingy about sound is still buzzing around for those who are #AlreadyAlwaysArguing .  It doesn’t take a human for a tree to exist (IS!) There are still a few virgin forests around with trees in them that exist outside of human cultivation, interference & pedantry.

Si says
There are potential virgin forests. When a human does experience them, they will be real forests. Until you experience them for yourself, they are only your imagination … you will turn your imagination into a kinetic experience, and the forest you will experience will be as unique as you and your individual imagination, or not, as the case may be.  

Mark de LA says
Pure #Bullshit nathan null

Si says
#LOL … is what a politician would say on camera? Sorry, your going to have to put some meat on them bones. I can’t make much out of pure bullshit, it’s just squishy mush.  

Seth says
an interesting though idneed null

let me see if i can think it, staring with your words  …
There are virgin forests. When  i experience them, i no longer can call them  virgin. Until i experience them for myself, they are only in my imagination.  i will experience the forest,  enhancing my senses with my imagination.    The forest i experience will be as unique as my individual imagination.
nathan’s thought as seen by seth

Seth says
well, in the case of the calculator, it would not even exist  without a human having  invented it.  

Si says
Yes, seems fine. Don’t forget to add the other aspects we talk about. i.e. that one’s imagination is based on one’s beliefs, and one’s beliefs are most often shared with many on issues like forests … so one’s imagination will most likely be close to the same as many others.

Of course, the first one to experience a truly virgin land of any kind is in the position to actualize a whole lot more than anyone to visit it later when a blueprint of it is already in universal consciousness for the belief group you travel through reality with.

All that simply to say, if you truly see it first, your “discovery imagination” wins, but if you see it second, a lot will have been pre-determined for you, according to your beliefs about that.

Seth says

Seth says
#HellYes… makes me want to go find something new null

Mark de LA says
Such is an unprovable hypothesis if it means that nothing exists until a human encounters or interacts with it.  Solipsism similarly is unprovable one way or another & hangs out in riddles & paradoxes.
nullnull enjoy arguing amongst your selves.

Si says
Consider that your apparent model is unprovable because until you experience it, you can’t actually have any idea of it other than imagination.

My model simply acknowledges that clear fact.

Provability is no more obtainable in any model than in any other. When people think they are proving something, they really are only making base assumptions and then proving upon those, not upon anything concrete.

Seth says

nothing exists until a human encounters or interacts with it

is a assumption (belief) which i factored out of my version above.

Si says
Yes. That is not a provable belief, either way, in any system.

However, believing that, does give useful advantages that can be tangibly experienced the same way by any number of people. It is a “useful” belief, even if it cannot be proved.

But really, what belief can be proved other than the 5 characteristics of existence? All other beliefs are dependent on some other belief. No matter who you are and what you believe, all you experience will match those beliefs until you change or relax one or more.

Seth says
well i agree, it is not “provable” (one way or the other) in any system of beliefs. 

personally i see no tangible advantages
in believing that humans create natural occurrences,
outside of our own culture, 
purely out of our imagination.

my intuition tells me that believing otherwise more closely matches my experience.

Si says
”believing otherwise more closely matches my experience”.

“Believing is seeing”, not “seeing is believing”.

It is the interaction of your beliefs which are showing you the experiences which support your beliefs. So yes, you believe the above, so your experience validates it by what you see.

However, you can change that belief, and if you do, your experience will likewise change to match and you will thus further strengthen the new belief. That’s how beliefs work … and in that sense Mark has it completely right. The only real thing he has wrong is the idea of getting rid of ALL beliefs … because then, for him, there will be no reality left.  

Seth says

It is the interaction of your beliefs which are showing you the experiences which support your beliefs. So yes, you believe the above, so your experience validates it by what you see.


Does not work that way over here. 

My beliefs do not just interact with each other to support themselves

← which is a closed and circular as your first sentence above implies. 

Rather …

my beliefs interact with my senses changing my beliefs. 


Seth says
#wow … it just dawned on me i can improve my #TetModel ( #gestalt ) of #psychology.

Si says
Makes no difference. Including senses doesn’t change the result in any way, it simply makes the model more complicated to think about, that’s all … part of why I say your #TetModel is overly complicated.

Seth says
why? …. senses must be included or the system is closed and circular upon itself … which humans certainly are not.

Si says
I am not saying senses don’t exist, just that they are part of perception and don’t need to be separated out, and in fact doing so, makes the other parts of the model land in less usable places or the whole model becomes much more complex.

Seth says

here is the new #TetModel that just dawned on me, as mentioned above.

i think it is more accurate not implying so many things that do not necessarily obtain.

and, in passing, highlights the differences between my philosophy and nathan’s

So …
thinking, feeling, and will are internal to the #BeIng
world, action, and Sense are external to the being.

“Action” could be considered “Change” or happening.  World, Action, and that which informs  #sense’es  are considered here outside of the Being … they are #otherness to it. 

Seth says
don’t fight the gestalt … see it … then go beyond it.

Mark de LA says
Another got  … sometimes interesting 

Mark de LA says
From Etymology of the word “medium”
medium (n.)

1580s, "a middle ground, quality, or degree; that which holds a middle place or position," from Latin medium "the middle, midst, center; interval," noun use of neuter of adjective medius "in the middle, between; from the middle" (from PIE root *medhyo- "middle").

Many of the secondary senses are via the notion of "intervening substance through which a force or quality is conveyed" (1590s) and "intermediate agency, channel of communication" (c. 1600). From the former, via application to air, etc., comes the sense of "one’s environment or conditions" (1865). From the latter comes the sense of "a print publication" (1795) which later grew into the meaning in media.

In spiritualism, "person who conveys spiritual messages," by 1853. In painting, in reference to oil, watercolor, etc., by 1854. The notion is "liquid with which pigments are ground or mixed to give them desired fluidity." Happy medium is the "golden mean," Horace’s aurea mediocritas.

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