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CCS hi chris
interesting post thank you!
Thank you! It's a great pleasure to me to be able to participate in this kind of conversation, even though I'm hardly qualified to present any solid point of view. Still, it's fun, and good mental exercise to muse over these kinds of things.
... but is there a problem with function and meaning, laws and principles tend to act on many things often universally, so is there a flow of functions that result in perfections but that don’t belong to them?
conversely we can have a perfect circle in math and meaning but a perfect physical circle cannot exist. the holistic version of course can though hmm.
I'm suggesting that in this sort of organic, anti-platonic, bottom-up way of looking at things, an idealized conception of perfection is built up in the process of honing the form, fit, and function of actual objects. Here, purely conceptual perfection both leads and follows. It is the reservoir of vision from which the artist draws inspiration, but it is built of the potentialities discovered by him in the course of progressive experimentation with, and successive adaptation of materials and methods. As the craft is perfected the perfection of the ideal is created and refined. In this sense the perfect circle is the inspiration for the actual circle, but what creates the conception of the ideal circle is the extension of functional possibilities learned in the construction of the actual circle.