[ by Charles Cameron -- a belated response to Fred Zimmeman's question ]
While Zenpundit was down the other day, Leonidas Musashi tweeted a DoubleQuote:
— Leonidas Musashi (@The_Agoge) September 27, 2014
In response, Fred Zimmeman fired off his own tweet:
— Fred Zimmeman (@fredzannarbor) September 27, 2014
I think that’s a fine and appropriate question, and I’d like first to answer it in brief, and then in a second post to use it as a jumping off point for some further reflections.
My answer to blog-friend Fred Zimmeman is simple. Agreed, DoubleQuotes are not something new, nor are they claimed to be. What is claimed for them is that they present a way of thinking which has been with us from time immemorial and is used almost reflexively to this day to raise questions and make points both strong and weak — and that they identify and sharpen that pre-existing cognitive disposition into a conscious tool, and explore it.
Examples of this manner of making points or raising question that I run across in the course of my daily readings and web-monitorings I call DoubleQUotes in the Wild, and they bear the same relation to DoubleQuotes consciously noted and presented using my DoubleQuotes format as “found sculptures” do to sculptures created in the artist’s studio.
The trick here is that a very basic cognitive skill — akin in this regard to arguments of the sort “if this, then that” — is consciously investigated and rigorously analyzed and tested, so that we can learn what the strengths and pitfalls of the method are, look more frequently and more consciously for such doublets in our own reading and analysis, and present the results in a uniform manner.
The DoubleQuote is thus akin to the Syllogism, except that ikt occurs in analogical rather than logical space.
Finally, I have settled on the DoubleQuotes form and format because it is the simplest single move possible in the style of analogical gaming I have been working at for twenty or thirty years, under the inspiration of Hermann Hesse’s Glass Bead Game — described in the novel of that name for which he won his Nobel Prize.
DoubleQuotes are as old as time and space, as old as Sun and Moon, as old as the constellation and star sign Gemini, as old as Cain and Abel, as old as Castor and Pollux — and as new as Will McCants of Brookings reporting on the apocalyptic strain in the Daesh / IS “caliphate”.
Musashi’s DoubleQuote in question was this one:
In my view, that’s an elegant juxtaposition of Shakespeare and Vonnegut..