March 17, 2004 at 8:59 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

My post is really late this week. Almost at the end!

Anyway. Hey, sudeep, I got a very old, dog-eared copy of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” at the British Council- it was rather sweet!

Was just thinking about layers and levels of thought- take Calvin and Hobbes, for example. There are two very obvious levels- the first, very funny, cute level, that of an extremely precocious child. The other, of course, is the underlying philosphical level. This is the really interesting one, isnt it? The way Calvin poses fundamental questions on everyday life.

The Other kind of level is slightly different. Hofstadter talks about it quite a bit in Mind’s I. In this case, you hardly every realise the level that exists, most of the time. Take this text for example. There are actually two distinct processes that are carried out as you are reading it. You look at the text. But the text itself gains importance only because of the meaning you attach to each word and each alphabet. Now thats the second level, the “translation”ary level.

Find this extremely interesting. Probably, this could explain evolution to a certain extent. A new level is built only because each generation takes the older levels for granted. Memory. Theres a theory that each of our cells carries its own memory bank, of sorts. Thats why body cell react to anitgens, self-destruct, etc etc. The human being is an organisation itself! I mean, every body knows that concept, but few people realise the implications of it! Transposing- the Corporate orgainsation is a living being, just governed by different rules.

Just blabbering, I can see that! But start off on one chain, and you get lead on and on and on into a veritable maze.

of course, the best layer would be the “Shrek” Layer:

SHREK: For your information, there’s a lot more to ogres than people think.

DONKEY: Example?

SHREK: Example? Okay, um, ogres are like onions.

DONKEY: [Sniffs] They stink?

SHREK: Yes. No!

DONKEY: They make you cry?


DONKEY: You leave them out in the sun, they get all brown, start sprouting’ little white hairs.

SHREK: No! Layers! Onions have layers! Ogres have layers! Onions have layers.

You get it? We both have layers. [Sighs]

DONKEY: Oh, you both have layers. Oh. [Sniffs] You know, not everybody likes onions. Cake! Everybody loves cakes! Cakes have layers.

SHREK: I don’t care… what everyone likes. Ogres are not like cakes.

DONKEY: You know what else everybody likes? Parfaits. Have you ever met a person, you say, “Let’s get some parfait,” they say, “Hell no, I don’t like no parfait”? Parfaits are delicious.

SHREK: No! You dense, irritating, miniature beast of burden! Ogres are like onions! End of story. Bye-bye. See ya later.




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