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Holding On to RealityThe Nature of Information at the Turn of the Millennium$
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Albert Borgmann

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780226066257

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226066226.001.0001

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Realizing Information Reading

Realizing Information Reading

(p.85) Chapter Eight Realizing Information Reading
Holding On to Reality
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The process of converting the instructions of a design into something real is termed realizing information, which is to take an abstract design and to have it come to life in the concrete world. Intelligence is both the general skill of decoding signs and the fund of the particular experiences that are needed for the words in question. A powerful reading of a text requires that a reader has had vigorous experiences and what the reader brings to a text varies from person to person. Reading realizes a world view at its best and it is solitary and outwardly passive. If utilitarian reading clarifies the world and poetic reading illuminates it, then people whose literacy is low must live in a world that is confused and confined; but their comprehension of reality is restricted to what they can immediately hear and see.

Keywords:   instructions, design, realizing information, intelligence, reading

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