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Response to JackRiddler (Reply #106)

Tue Mar 12, 2013, 04:01 PM

108. That's interesting, I didn't know that.

Maybe your thing is what Dylan was thinking when he wrote that line. It seems pretty striking to me now that I hear it.

But this all goes back to my original post here...I gotta explan: Okay, so the other day, somebody was telling me about all these documentaries that preached a plant based diet. Good for environment, health, etc. I checked the science and it panned out, so I made myself up a meal along the guidelines of what we're supposed to eat. I was struck by something amazing as I looked at the mess it left behind: It was beautiful. These avocado skins, fruit slicings, etc. Arrayed on my cutting board looked like a still life. So here you have all these vectors of diverse scientific research saying something was good for health, good for environment and so on, and that somehow translated to a simple quality in my kitchen: Aesthetic beauty.

So I got to thinking about that, and I had this idea that aesthetics - our awareness of beauty- is actually a form of super cognition that allows our brain to see advantage when the reasons for the advantage our too complicated for normal reason to see. So we see it in the beauty of moral actions, beauty in the important math equations, beauty in healthy ecological natural scenes, etc. All things good for people.

So anyway, taking all that back to Dylan, it may just be that this is how great artists work too: They're not concerned with a single intellectual meaning of what they're saying, as much as they are with the aesthetic qualities. Maybe "napoleon in rags" just sounded good in that song aesthetically. But because aesthetic beauty of is a reduction of all these complicated converging real properties, like with my vegetables, we can see all kinds of meanings in it, just as people do with pretty much any great song or poem.

Anyway, I like your interpretation too.

PEace!

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