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Time to separate the men from the beasts: symbolic anticipation as the typically human subjective dimension

Dieter De Grave (UGent)
(2004) AIP CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS. 718. p.435-444
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In this paper it is argued that the dividing line that runs between the human psyche as opposed to any other complex system is made up by symbolic anticipation. The functionality of the human mind as an anticipatory system is entirely caught up in the crucial role that finiteness, shortage or lack plays for human beings. Anticipation for us is the way by which this negative finiteness or lack is translated into a positive longing, want or desire. We take a look at the three dimensional view of Jacques Lacan regarding these matters in a sophistical example and we illustrate how anticipation as a Symbolic phenomenon is distinct from the Imaginary or the Real register. As Lacan points out anticipation creates a symbolic social link which binds two or more interacting humans together in an anticipatory relationship. Beliefs, expectations and convictions are the typically human social links which ground human interaction and set it apart from other forms of social interaction we can observe in other complex biological entities.
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Translation, RSI, Social Link, Psychoanalysis, Complex systems

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De Grave, Dieter. “Time to Separate the Men from the Beasts: Symbolic Anticipation as the Typically Human Subjective Dimension.” Aip Conference Proceedings. Ed. DM Dubois. Vol. 718. COMPUTING ANTICIPATORY SYSTEMS: CASYS’03 - Sixth International Conference. American Institute of Physics (AIP), 2004. 435–444. Print.
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De Grave, D. (2004). Time to separate the men from the beasts: symbolic anticipation as the typically human subjective dimension. In DM Dubois (Ed.), AIP CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS (Vol. 718, pp. 435–444). Presented at the 6th Interantional Conference on Computing Anticipatory Systems (CASYS 03), COMPUTING ANTICIPATORY SYSTEMS: CASYS’03 - Sixth International Conference. American Institute of Physics (AIP).
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De Grave, Dieter. 2004. “Time to Separate the Men from the Beasts: Symbolic Anticipation as the Typically Human Subjective Dimension.” In Aip Conference Proceedings, ed. DM Dubois, 718:435–444. COMPUTING ANTICIPATORY SYSTEMS: CASYS’03 - Sixth International Conference. American Institute of Physics (AIP).
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De Grave, Dieter. 2004. “Time to Separate the Men from the Beasts: Symbolic Anticipation as the Typically Human Subjective Dimension.” In Aip Conference Proceedings, ed. DM Dubois, 718:435–444. COMPUTING ANTICIPATORY SYSTEMS: CASYS’03 - Sixth International Conference. American Institute of Physics (AIP).
Vancouver
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De Grave D. Time to separate the men from the beasts: symbolic anticipation as the typically human subjective dimension. In: Dubois D, editor. AIP CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS. COMPUTING ANTICIPATORY SYSTEMS: CASYS’03 - Sixth International Conference. American Institute of Physics (AIP); 2004. p. 435–44.
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D. De Grave, “Time to separate the men from the beasts: symbolic anticipation as the typically human subjective dimension,” in AIP CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS, Liege, Belgium, 2004, vol. 718, pp. 435–444.
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  abstract     = {In this paper it is argued that the dividing line that runs between the human psyche as opposed to any other complex system is made up by symbolic anticipation. The functionality of the human mind as an anticipatory system is entirely caught up in the crucial role that finiteness, shortage or lack plays for human beings. Anticipation for us is the way by which this negative finiteness or lack is translated into a positive longing, want or desire. We take a look at the three dimensional view of Jacques Lacan regarding these matters in a sophistical example and we illustrate how anticipation as a Symbolic phenomenon is distinct from the Imaginary or the Real register. As Lacan points out anticipation creates a symbolic social link which binds two or more interacting humans together in an anticipatory relationship. Beliefs, expectations and convictions are the typically human social links which ground human interaction and set it apart from other forms of social interaction we can observe in other complex biological entities.},
  author       = {De Grave, Dieter},
  booktitle    = {AIP CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS},
  editor       = {Dubois, DM},
  isbn         = {0735401985},
  issn         = {0094-243X},
  keywords     = {Translation,RSI,Social Link,Psychoanalysis,Complex systems},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Liege, Belgium},
  pages        = {435--444},
  publisher    = {COMPUTING ANTICIPATORY SYSTEMS: CASYS'03 - Sixth International Conference. American Institute of Physics (AIP)},
  title        = {Time to separate the men from the beasts: symbolic anticipation as the typically human subjective dimension},
  volume       = {718},
  year         = {2004},
}

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