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Needham interprets this too in tacit and focal terms. All this leaves us uncertain about her
feelings, and Winterbourne’s too. Daisy dies. Winterbourne, it appears, has tragically misread
Daisy liking him and her real desire for his respect; the blush and small queer look. Small is
linked with queer, which then as a pair cascades upscale to uncertainties in our interpretation,
and in Winterbourne’s. Daisy is ambiguous too. And all is not so much resolved, as it is left
as the critical polarity of tacit and focal attention at all levels. Complexity can be seen in
hierarchical terms. There are tacit levels contextual to focal levels, and vice versa.
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Figure 14.10a
Figure 14.10b
Showing discrete versus continuous change. Generalization of Figure 14.2, which referred to
dogs and dogginess, but with the general process
going on in the special case.
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Figure 14.10c
Figure 14.10d
Experimentation in relation to the observer’s Models in relation to narratives.
narrative, coupled to the changes we see in
the other.
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Figure 14.10e
Figure 14.10f
Mapping of meaning to mathematical
Mapping general to specifics.
devices.
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Figure 14.10g
Mapping Polanyi’s tacit and focal attention.
Figure 14.10
The matrices of Figure 14.8 inform us as to how to label the arrows in
the Zellmer scheme. Figure 14.10a labels the whole loop on both sides. The loop of
the observer has square arrows to show that the updates are discrete. Figure 14.10b
has a slightly different construction, in that the loops are broken into upward and
downward segments. There are echoes of the matrices in Figure 14.8 in the labels on
Figures 14.10c–14.10g. All appear to refine the notion of a general condition leading
to specifics, which then encourage new generalities.
Thus it seems that the matrix in Figure 14.7, which mixes literary device with scientific
mathematics, applies exactly. In general, the culture in the humanities does not move easily
in mathematical terms. Mathematicians are often not particularly literary when they are on
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