Types of Communication

Written by Panagiotis Karkatsoulis on .

SpencerBrownTranslated by Sevi Charalampopoulou

Reconsidering what could be so simple and at the same time so complicated for those who have lost the rudimental capacity of forming reasonable suggestions (and core values) and to whom confusion has set aside reason and judgment, I recalled the basic (‘primitive’ as the author himself calls them) principles from a book with the title “Laws of Form” and an author, George Spencer Brown, which have deeply affected me, citing them briefly:

Reality can only be perceivedunder the notion of a “form”. There are specific laws for expressing and maintaining the form.

Specifically: Reality is “marked” by a symbol, let’s use the following as an example:


What exactly does this symbol mark? It marks what we want to mark, but also, anything else apart from that. The form, therefore, has a dual character (and obviously a cognitive one). In conclusion, each time that we mark/note/ distinguish something, we are automatically doing three things:

1)      We distinguish something from all the other somethings.

2)      What we have marked as an outstanding entity, is outstanding because it has the limits that we have set.

3)      The limitation applies from its one edge to the other.   

The person (for example) that sets a limit is at the same time doing the three preceding acts. Therefore, according to Spencer Brown, if we want to clearly form, what we are already doing, we have to follow these orders:

First order:

·  Make a distinction

Which means:

· Create the distinction

· Find the distinction

· See the distinction

· Describe the distinction

· Define the distinction

Or (in case that a distinction cannot be created):

· Identify or let a distinction (made by somebody else) exist.

The opposite of a discrete space is a non- distinct one, the mere nothing, which is marked by an empty space. This means that there has not been any distinction and nothing has been given a form.

This text is dedicated to:

a) The leadership of the ESFP, who notes a significant progress of the reforms in Greece.

b) To the Ministry of Finances, which admits that Greece is a champion in reforms

c) To the ministers, who will be soon completing their reformative task .

d) To the political parties, who create fake discriminations, violating the previous simple principles of reason

e) To all of us who are struggling in vain, mostly just on an “unmarked space”.

In other words, to all those who believe that there are already packets of communication, discourse, aesthetics and that all they have to do, is press “like” on them.


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