Leapdragon 2016 - Aron Hsiao Was Here

Luhmann has it exactly right,  §

for all useful intents and purposes, there is no such thing as an “individual.” The “individual subject” is an essentialist metaconstruction that inverts the functional operation of the system. We don’t exist for each other; what exists is interaction, which, in the absence of subjects, can be reduced to communication.

All other individuals are merely the sum of the information that we receive from them. No more no less. We don’t have a “relationship” with some essential “them.” What we have is a stream of information with metaproperties. change the volume or meta-information of the communciation, and both the relationship and other subject in question, which we essentialize, actually become as flexible as air and water.

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