Introduction to communication

September 11, 2008

What is communication?

Communication is transmission of information.

As simple as that. Someone has some information that he sends out there. Where to? Wherever. Bacterias communicate, fungi communicate, plants do that also. Every living organism communicates.

LittleMissLisa thinks that “Cogito Ergo Sum” is not enough. I communicate, therefore I am – that is what she believes in.

Now, the ever present alien in our stories, being an alien, and not quite getting this communication thing yet, wondered:

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The basics – respect

September 6, 2008

Abstractions can be hard to explain

“Respect” is one of those terms that everyone is familiar with, and none asks for closer explanation on it when used. Still, sometimes it is good to know what the other party really thinks by something.

Words are just means to describe the concepts in our brains that may be quite complex composition of feelings, attitudes and other abstract categories. It can be hard with those abstract categories.

Just think of it – it could be easy to explain to an alien or, let us get more realistic here – a child what a “vase” is. It is a very concrete object with purpose of holding water and flowers, can be made of different materials, but is made mostly of glass or ceramics, and can take different forms and sizes, but is always concave since it is supposed to hold water etc. Also, an explanation by visual examples would do.

But explain to a child (or that alien, just for the sake of the example, let us have my imaginary alien involved) what “respect” is. Abstraction requires more complex explanations on different levels.

An attempt to explain

When LittleMissLisa talks about respect,

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The basics – caring

September 6, 2008

When LittleMissLisa was small, her daddy asked what she wanted to become when she grew up.

“I want to be a manager, like you, daddy!”

“That is nice, dear, but if you want to be a manager, you have to deeply care about people. Do you care about people?”

“Hmmm… I do not know…”

“Well, you should be sure, if you want to be a manager.”

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