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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Should we be animals?


MAN IS AN amphibian who lives simultaneously in two worlds - the given and the homemade, the
world of matter, life and consciousness and the world of symbols. In our thinking we make use of
a great variety of symbol-systems - linguistic, mathematical, pictorial, musical, ritualistic. Without
such symbol-systems we should have no art, no science, no law, no philosophy, not so much as the
rudiments of civilization: in other words, we should be animals.