Assumptions about Communication

Gerald van Koeverden gvk at
Fri Feb 23 17:37:02 UTC 2001

Clifford Lutton wrote:
"communication occurs when the presence, appearance, and/or
act(s) of one being are perceived and interpreted (assigned
significance) by
another being."

Not close enough to the mark. You are taking only part of the meaning.
Our concept of "communication" predicates a concept of mutuality, of
'union' or 'comm-union';  in our everyday use of the word, what we mean
is that the two participants involved understand the same thing.  If the
other doesn't understand what we are trying to communicate, then we are
back to Cool Hand Luke (remember the movie with Paul Newman?)  "What we
have here is a failure to communicate!"

gerry van koeverden

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