chapter three
contexts and contextualizing

Contexts is a world we shall use to understand the background to our understandings.

The picture I have been sketching is of a ridiculously complex mind on the one hand which is processing a million things at once. And a set of processes called language with we use to understand this is inherently fluid and fuzzy, at least when using general words.

We cannot ever truly understand this for there is far too much for us to understand in real time
and such an understanding would not be—and has never been—the driving force behind our understanding and our reactions.

I spoke of the necessary vagueness of our words, which uses AFR to create a useful understanding at the expense of consistent definitions. IF you are defining a fuzzy world using other fuzzy words, you are most likely fooling yourself. You are seeing the world with really bad eyesight. Making a Venn diagram of your associations in your mind.

We live in contexts
even as we are contexts But our understanding of contexts is weak.

We flip between contexts with hardly a thought, nearly unaware of the change. We flip in behavior and we flip in words.

Contexts is a metaphor for what we are.

for that which surrounds supports creates and defines the processes of consciousness going on For starting oversimplifications context can mean:
1. Surrounding physical environment of the human animal, which is never the placid spatiality of geometrical space and safe areas. Situations are never safe. Each have their own dangers and opportunities.
Think the world shown by David Attenborogh. This is frokm where all other contexts evolved for reasons unknown. Extend this onto human created world from other world but soon is radically different: home, work, sex, bathroom, church, market, party.
3. Extend to the decoding of such contexts
held together in web of associations and special decoder rings. 4. We have a parallel mental contextuality of our understanding of this. As our world is grouped in associations, so is our mind a net of similar associations.
We created virtualities and now can not stop doing so. 5. Language, as hard as this is to believe. is a small subset of a much larger world. but it has incomnprehensible behaviors (instincts) has its own contextualities of our language use. Words | language are part of elaborate and undefined behaviors in contexts. There are many appropriate responses to words, and many inappropriate ones Words are a dance.

We make sense of things within not only context aware of but also within contexts we are not aware of. Some can be known. Language, air, Some can't. Some are uncomprehensible.

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