October 13th, 2010
quick question

Oct 13 2010
7:50 pm
Jennifer writes:

Isn’t life built out of repetition, like the splitting of cells and a bees hive? So I guess maybe there wouldn’t be any life without repetition.

Oct 14 2010
12:15 am
Zom G. writes:

1. Incomprehensible, no?
2. What need would there be for comprehension if there was no purpose to foreknowledge?
3. I suspect what we call repetition is mere patterning, with slight variations due to use of natural materials.
4. I suspect true repetition is an impossibility.
5. Return to quick question.
6. It is ok not to understand life, then.
7. Judging by this little exercise.

Oct 14 2010
9:30 am
Dreaming Bear writes:

I would never be able to remember ANYTHING if there were no repitition! Argh!!!

Oct 14 2010
11:33 am
martine writes:

Having once worked in a call centre where the words you spoke to each caller were supposed to be an exact repetition of the ‘script’ I know how one craved to get around it and made tiny changes and longed for the person who had a quirky question that required you to use your initiative. The repetition needed for human being to learn things can have a severely brain numbing down side if taken to excess. But yes, a very thought provoking question. thanks for sharing

Oct 15 2010
1:52 am
Menachem writes:

I’m sorry, I missed that, could you repeat it?

Oct 15 2010
4:56 pm
Simon writes:

Life is made of repetition, as Jennifer argues, but also of adaptation – a break from the past to create something new. But, although life without repetition sounds sublime I’m sure that the glamour would quickly wear off.

Who wants to live a life without the familiar site of your favourite faces, places and spaces?

Oct 21 2010
8:43 am
Miriam Rogers writes:

my working hours would be cut. I work for Alzheimer’s!

Oct 22 2010
12:44 am
Ceparie writes:

we would have nothing to say

Oct 22 2010
5:18 am
Daniel writes:

everything would be special.
every life precious.
every leaf on every tree.
would be gathered like wheat.
to be saved in books and upon walls.
every word spoken.
would have real meaning.

that my interpretation.

Oct 22 2010
3:09 pm
BArbara G writes:

Oliver Sacks, in his book The Island of the Colorblind, admits to “a passion for monotony”. I love this man! On this island with colleagues, he was happy to eat the same vegetables and fruit daily (me too) although his friends disliked the sameness of diet intensely. I love repetition; it means fewer decisions about things I want to move past; and it means an apportunity to delve deeper…to find stuff I wouldn’t know if I didn’t look twice, three times…I learn more by doing again. Also, even in repetition we find enormous variety. this world can’t help but be various…leaves, clouds, stars, people. I think also of Jasper Johns who, as I understand, painted the same thing, a flag, in order to concentrate on other things..the paint, the brush stroke. Exactly.

Oct 30 2010
9:20 am
Laurie writes:

I I I I I I like like like like re re re re pi pi pi ti tion tion.

Nov 6 2010
2:47 pm
Natalie writes:

That means that there would only be one atom… that would be bad. ^^;

Nov 8 2010
5:22 pm
chiqui writes:

repetition reinforces learning. one of the basic principles of learning.

Nov 25 2010
5:17 am
Who Cares? writes:

Hi Keri
Do you recall from which of Søren Kierkegaard’s books you got this quote?
Best wishes from his hometown Copenhagen :-)

Nov 26 2010
3:50 pm
juli writes:

Repetition, by Kierkegaard.

Dec 18 2010
7:32 pm
ActsofBeauty writes:

Surely there is no repetition. Even watching the same Youtube video twice your body is different your breathing is different, your mind is different. How can there ever be any repetition at all when the only two trusims in life are change and death?

So we already know what it’s like, but we don’t know any different :)

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