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  “plants behaving badly”
individuality of genesis, part 3 of 8
gary e. davis
May 9, 2017
 


—as if they have intentions. A wonderful documentary on exotic plants is full of voice-over narrative that pervasively intentionalizes plants: what they “do,” how they “prefer,” how they reveal “deceit and treachery” (yes!), and, of course, “adapt.” Personification of nature is especially appealing to young learners, but intentional-ization and personification is intrinsic to linguistic understanding because we habituate our environs as belonging with us.

Personification is a primal feature of mental differentiation. Infant discovery that many moving objects are not “persons” (self-animating) is a derived mode of the primal animality (if you will) of lifeworldliness. The family dog is a person—until
one learns the difference between “like me” and befriending an Other—as persons are interactively mutualist (collaborative, cooperative, coordinative), and animatings with which one doesn’t belong become frustrating.

A child’s favored thing that’s clearly non-animate is animated by fantasy—personified —until that gets boring (new plaything needed). Things, as such, are abstractions from living habitation of there being selfal worldliness. Persons generally (as concept of kind) are abstractions from belonging together in same-being (or being “the same”). Abstraction is primally and primarily relative to lifeworldly, lifeworldly belonging.

Individuation of capability generally includes capability for differentiation, such that personification is a derived mode of belonging with self/other constellations; and playing with things as objects is a derived mode of personified enjoyment.

A competence itself tropes the capability that expresses that competence. A capability (reconstructed as such by clinical inquiry) tropes a born, unrepresentable capacity that gives way to individuating its kind of capabilities.

Then, capability for conception is troped by a specific concept.

That kind of narrative is evidence-based. I’ll eventually elaborate in terms of others’ research. I’m not proffering all that a just- so story.

 

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