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  1. Scenius is an awesome idea, too bad it’s root word is ‘scene’ which has largely negative popular connotations with ‘scene kids,’ ‘scensters’ etc. I can’t be too upset though, if Eno suggested it.

    It’s too bad that our modern society is basically set up to crush out things like that in favor of a new Wal*Mart or BestBuy.

    However the net seems to lend itself to such things, though that’s more like a genetwork. (Genietwork? Don’t have enough scenius going with my cat to come up with anything better at the moment. Coffee and cats alone do not make true scenius).

    Regarding that De Aetatibus Mundi Imagines, I think it’s interesting how heaven visually described with upright triangles – a symbol of male sexuality in Hinduism, and earth with upside down triangles, a symbol of female sexuality in Hinduism. Unconscious symbolism alluding to the patriarchal dominance themes of Christian and pre-Christian theocratic rule? Historical, archaeological and linguistic evidence supports the theory that the same people who conquered the natives of what is now India migrated west to mix with and/or become Persia, Greece and Rome (and probably many others). There is some minor Hindu god, whose name escapes me at the moment, who is the analog of Zeus Pater of Greek and Jupiter of Roman mythologies and whose name shares the same root words. So who knows what sort of symbolism crept up through the years with meaning-drift.

  2. ratchetcat,

    I feel you’re on to something with respect to “scenius”. All due respect to Eno, but it needs to be catchier. The net, as you say, is brilliant for promoting the effect he describes — the low barriers to entry and low viscosity of communication make it possible for many peculiar little environments to develop and inform each other.

    (Great comment on the parasignals in the De Aetatibus Mundi Imagines, by the way — I’ve always been rather curious about the proliferation of symbols in the manner you describe. That would be a lot of fun to study!)