February 19, 2015 Comments Off on IF A TREE FALLS IN THE FOREST

Virtual Forest

In writing these texts I have taken on the goal of using the fewest possible words to describe some of the most challenging and illusive subjects that we face in understanding our selves and the world.

It is nearly impossible in a work of this kind to avoid stereotypes and generalizations. In fact, generalizing is the point. Nonetheless, stereotypes and generalizations are admittedly blunt instruments in the least, and may become dangerous and toxic in the extreme. Yet they prove to be useful tools in clarifying what is often presented as beyond our reach.

(Along with this short e-book, I have published a performance edition, a musical score, in which many of these texts are spoken aloud, accompanied by integer-based piano music.)

-J. H.

© John Holland, If a Tree Falls in the Forest: Simple Descriptions of Complex Phenomena, 2013