The dance of life

is an excellent book by Edward T. Hall (isbn 0-385-19248-7). As usual I'm going to quote from a few pages:
All societies depend for the stability on feedback from the people. Depersonalization reduces feedback to a minimum, contributing to instability and lowering the overall level of congruence in the society.
Some things are not easily bent to simple linear description. Time is one of them.
Symbols should always be viewed as tools and consciously distinguished from the events which they symbolize.
Without environmental change, complex forms of life cannot evolve.
It is clear that our emphasis on saving time, which goes with quantifying time and treating it as a noun, would also lead to a high valuation of speed, which is demonstrated in much of our behaviour.
Nothing can grow in a healthy way unless it is in a time-controlled, uniform manner; for example, it is the unregulated (out-of-phase) growth of cells in the body that characterizes cancer.
"We have everything, but we don't have each other" [Takeo Matsuda]
The Pueblos believe that thoughts have a life of their own and that these live thoughts are an integral part of any man-made structure and will remain with that structure forever.
The more information that is shared... the higher the context.
As context is lost, information must be added if meaning is to remain constant.

1 comment:

  1. This is one I also used as a text--well, not this one, but an earlier book of Hall's--for software builders and testers.