[Air-l] Is all Communication Commercial?

Charlie Balch charlie at balch.org
Mon Jul 23 06:17:48 PDT 2007

I can't resist adding to the gumbo (as they say in the South USA). Maslow
noted that, past a certain point, higher needs can sublimate lower ones.
Suicide bombers are an example. In this context I recall that we have no
direct writings from the originators of all the major religions. Some of
them even specifically said not to have their words written down (but their
disciples did anyway).

Perhaps all members of this list have not made communications that were
antithesis to "feed and don't hurt me" but I suspect, like me, most of us
have. We need to communicate so many things. Hmmm. I know the reason that I
teach (and participate in this list) is that I need to communicate. I wonder
if I'd get the same joy (and more commercial feedback) if I were a

Charlie Balch
yada yada

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Charlie Balch wrote "At a basic level we are all communicating feed and
don't hurt me.
 Once that message is received we can discuss what car I should buy or even
the nature of communication." 
  I just received the post with this due to a computer glitch. Just wanted
to add:
  That was basically (!) what I had in mind tho without the background
reading you mention, which certainly ratchets up the interpretation. It was
the fight/flight duality in mamals that was in my mind but also the basic
functions of cells (respiration, excretion, reproduction, growth, mobility
if memory serves). No, I haven't worked it out in detail, but that cellular
exonomics, so to speak, was in my mind as well as at the human level the
psychology of making sometimes instinctual sometimes more cultural chioices
as they occur. 
  I think its been proven that fetal consciousness in the womb is developed
to learn linguistically (interpreting at least tone of voice so as to
distinguish between anger/calm, happy/sad, etc). But I don't know the actual
age at which this begins. Sorry for all lthis halfway researfch but it seems
to me that it was Melanie Klein who developed a theory interpreting
agression based on infants' interpretation of a good and bad breast, the
former one giving milk, the latter not. Then finally : ) there was the
thought which I have from reading Julia Kristeva to the effect that the
child must lose touch with the "maternal object" in order to enter into the
process of symbol creating. 
  I may have been hasty about assuming that commerce and economy (in the
production, not the thrifty sense) are separate. For commerce my battered
Webster's Ninth Collegiate gives (1) "social intercourse : interchange of
ideas, opinions, or sentiments". An interesting development from my pioint
of view. Thanks again for your comments!
  Best regards,

William Bain
PhD Student
Comparative Literature
Department of Spanish Philology
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
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