Re: Query: Bateson ethos and eidos

Scott Holmes (sholmes@NETCOM.COM)
Fri, 14 Apr 1995 18:23:49 -0700

perceived objects and events" within a culture. By ethos, he is
referring to the system of linked responses and values of the culture.
He remarks that if one was to create heaps of data sorted by these
systems, one would find a similarity of structure. " is as if
the same sort of person had devised the data in all the heaps."

The importance of this, in reference to Bateson's theory on learning,
rests in the idea that "...there is a carryover from learning in one
context which will influence later behavior in quite different contexts".
"Such a postulated carryover from one context of learning to another
will give us a theoretical system which will permit us to speak of
changes in character,..."

The quotes are from the article "Sex and Culture" from 1946. The
version I was reading is published in _Sacred Unity, Further Steps
to an Ecology of Mind_.

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