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In this presentation I study the epistemological “self-similarity” obtaining between the early pragmatists, on the one hand, and Gregory Bateson, on the other. Most of the 68 images are screenshots from Nora Bateson’s documentary. Needless to say, for these I give full credit to the movie creators, and ask any potential users of the file to do the same–in agreement with the Creative Commons License copyright attribution requirement for noncommercial use.

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Nora remembers:

He was always learning—from everyone and everything around him— from the dog, from the fish tank, from the scientists who came to visit, from poetry, from art work, from me. And as a child, I learned from him that learning never stops.
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… I used to sit on the floor beside him drawing pictures and listening while he gave lectures. Even then, it seemed to me that he was peering through a trap door to the inner workings of life.

Since ES’s last post got TWO WP comments, and a “1 post to go till the 130th” heads up, here are the quotes, in post #130.

The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can’t help it.
Leo Rosten

Be obscure clearly. E.B. White

I also have to jot down a few things about Congress2012 in Kingston-Waterloo last week.

McLuhan’s Monday Night Seminars resumed on a once-a-month basis in the Fall of 2011, the year of McLuhan’s centenary. Podcasts of some of the meetings are available at

For McLuhan Program events, keep an eye on:


Forty years ago, media theorist Marshall McLuhan taught a series of legendary “Monday night seminars” in the celebrated Coach House—located on the physical, intellectual, and organizational boundary of the University of Toronto (UofT). McLuhan foresaw that expanding digital media would reshape the very fabric of society. His vision was cultural, not technological, and his methods were to look askance, and ask probing questions.

In his honour, the Coach House Institute of the UofT Faculty of Information has relaunched the Monday night seminar series in this same Coach House. The aim of the series is to renew the Coach House’s role as a space to enlist the most searching minds, the most intense visionaries, the fiercest imaginations—and give them a still, quiet place to unfetter their imaginations & (re)think the digitally-mediated world.

Don’t miss our final seminar topic this term… and future announcements:


Sidestage realities intersecting narratives of media influence


  • Joshua Meyrowitz, Professor & Chair of Communication Department, University of New Hampshire in Durham; Author of No Sense of Place: The Impact of Electronic Media on Social Behavior
  • Shawn Micallef, Author of Frontal TO and Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto; Senior Editor Spacing;  Co-founder [murmur], Toronto Star columnist, & 2011–2012 Canadian Journalism Fellow at University of Toronto’s Massey College
  • Derrick de Kerckhove, Professor emeritus, University of Toronto; Author of The Skin of Culture and Connected Intelligence
  • Sharon Switzer – TBA, Artist; Director, TUFF and Art for Commuters; Programming curator at Pattison Onestop, which owns and operate
  • Dominique Scheffel-Dunand (Professor of Linguistics (York University); Director of McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology (University of Toronto)

The Monday Night Seminar series has been an ongoing event offered by the Faculty of Information McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto running until Winter/Spring 2013.  It invites intellectuals, (re)searchers, artists, practitioners and cultural activists to convene and engage in intense intellectual dialogues—from edgy seminars to intense conversations and imagine how can we exploit our familiarity with digital media and harness the technologies of change to unleash a vibrant future for profound, discontinuous, soul-redefining encounters. Hosted by iSchool @ the University of Toronto, St. Michael’s College @ the University of Toronto, and McLuhan100.

Register, free of charge:


June 2012


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