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How Real Is Real? The connection between communication and reality is a relatively new idea It is only in recent decades that the confusions, disorientations and very different world views that arise as a result of communication have become an independent field of research One of the experts who has been working in this field is Dr Paul Watzlawick, and he here presents, in a series of arresting and sometimes very funny examples, some of the findings Si bien se nota que fue escrito en 1979 me gust mucho Es un pantallazo general sobre la informaci n y la desinformaci n, las barreras ling sticas, los malos entendidos, la manipulaci n de la informaci n y la consecuente maleabilidad de la concepci n de la realidad para todas las personas, incluso toca la tem tica de la comunicaci n entre animales y seres humanos En estos tiempos en que se cuestiona o interroga a los medios de comunicaci n masiva acerca de su poder para desvirtuar la realidad Si bien se nota que fue escrito en 1979 me gust mucho Es un pantallazo general sobre la informaci n y la desinformaci n, las barreras ling sticas, los malos entendidos, la manipulaci n de la informaci n y la consecuente maleabilidad de la concepci n de la realidad para todas las personas, incluso toca la tem tica de la comunicaci n entre animales y seres humanos En estos tiempos en que se cuestiona o interroga a los medios de comunicaci n masiva acerca de su poder para desvirtuar la realidad en funci n de sus propios intereses o de sus socios en el poder Muy interesante y de f cil lectura Not what I expected This book s a bit of a classic in communication theory, because it was the first academic book that suggested there was a seperate reality for everyone involved in a relationship no one is wrong , everyone s truth is valid Through citations I read over the years I got the impression that this was chock full of anecdotes about miscommunications in relationships, but in fact there s only three puzzled face It is, rather, a book about slippages or potential slippages in Not what I expected This book s a bit of a classic in communication theory, because it was the first academic book that suggested there was a seperate reality for everyone involved in a relationship no one is wrong , everyone s truth is valid Through citations I read over the years I got the impression that this was chock full of anecdotes about miscommunications in relationships, but in fact there s only three puzzled face It is, rather, a book about slippages or potential slippages in communication in a much wider frame.So it covers the Prisoner s Dilemma, a really good discussion of Newcombe s Paradox, Flatland, an analysis of how we might communicate with aliens, interspecies communication like the very early stages of the Washoe project , etc.It s an easy read, highly conversational, but because it s a 36 year old book I wouldn t recommend it Much of what is in here was a novel suggestion at the time, but generally accepted now A little bit of it infuriated me e.g the images on the Pioneer probes can t be sexist because a woman unnamed, just Carl Sagan s wife drew them took me riiight back to my childhood, that one.3 stars, mainly for the paradox discussion I have re read this book after some 12 years and it s as relevant as ever.Main ideas presented in the book deal with how communication creates reality Author makes a distinction between first order reality the actual physical space and second order reality the explanations and conceptualizations that living beings create to make sense of the world.Through examinations of problems in translation, paradoxes and possibilities of non human communication with apes, dolphins and extraterrestrial I have re read this book after some 12 years and it s as relevant as ever.Main ideas presented in the book deal with how communication creates reality Author makes a distinction between first order reality the actual physical space and second order reality the explanations and conceptualizations that living beings create to make sense of the world.Through examinations of problems in translation, paradoxes and possibilities of non human communication with apes, dolphins and extraterrestrials we are exposed to some really uncomfortable conclusions about what is reality I would recommend this book to anyone interested in communication, language and deeper insight on the nature of reality.Few quotes Language not only conveys information but also expresses a world view The belief that one s own view of reality is the only reality is the most dangerous of all delusions It becomes stilldangerous if it is coupled with a missionary zeal to enlighten the rest of the world, whether the rest of the world wishes to be enlightened or not A mostly interesting read which focuses on communication between people, animals, aliens, spies, imaginary entities, temporal systems There is also a good deal of game theory thrown in the mix as well How Real is Real doesn t offer all the answers as the title suggests it would be silly to expect a comprehensive tome on reality in under 300 pages, though I can t help but feel that the title is an editorial decision by the publisher The main idea is that we have two coexisting realities fi A mostly interesting read which focuses on communication between people, animals, aliens, spies, imaginary entities, temporal systems There is also a good deal of game theory thrown in the mix as well How Real is Real doesn t offer all the answers as the title suggests it would be silly to expect a comprehensive tome on reality in under 300 pages, though I can t help but feel that the title is an editorial decision by the publisher The main idea is that we have two coexisting realities first order reality which is a shared and observable space governed by universal laws of physics and whathaveyou Second order reality is a myriad tunnelled realm of communication where context and paradox have influence and power, a multiverse of perspectives each equally real Communication serves as a bridge and as a barrier between realities and Watzlawick explores this idea in a roundabout way I should stress this book is not in the same vein as Robert Anton Wilson or PKD, it is not a mind bending 60s book, which I suppose is what I was kind of half expecting There are no self dribbling dimensional elves here The book playsalong these lines How real is real How real is real How real is real How real is real The meaning changes in each one Communication controls reality in a similar vein Or so he argues The book is at its most interesting as a collection of topics which circle around this idea beginning with a horse who could tap the alphabet with his hoof and progressing chapter by chapter all the way to time travel paradoxes It all wraps up anti climatically in the end with Buddhism oneness being beyond words Nirvana is kind of like the worst kept secret in the universe and to be honest is a boring note to end a book on Anyways, my favourite takeaway from all this is that dolphins have a special whistle that they use when they are trapped and drowning so that other dolphins will drop what they are doing and come help bring them to the surface Humans can learn this whistle and use it underwater, in effect calling on the aid of our dolphin buddies to rescue us But that isn t the most interesting part of it If you try to use this whistle in bad faith, as in you are not actually in danger or drowning and merely want to test out the rad dolphin rescue whistle for fun, the dolphins will know and they will hit you with their fins and tails to teach you a lesson that the rescue whistle is never to be used as a joke

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