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    Default Do aesthetics map to politics?

    It's the SS uniforms vs. Tie Dye trousers thread.
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    Politics doesn't exist. The differences are more basic and fundamental.

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    Luka's whole moral map of the world is essentially aesthetic. Fat-bottomed Tories in plum corduroy vs scratchy-jumper perverts - which side are you on?
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    It's more that i think everything us connected. It's a joined up world view

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    Your personality - your interest in discipline, for example, and how that tracks to aesthetics and politics.

    I see what Luka's saying, it's too simplistic to directly link the two. Still, I'm nothing if not simplistic.
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    A balance of extremes, one way of viewing the aesthetic project. Synthesis.
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    In software we often fall into using aesthetic terms - "elegant", "clumsy", "clean", "smelly", "tangled", "clear" - to describe properties of a codebase that please or displease us, that we feel good or bad about. We don't see software itself as an aesthetic object, a work of art, but we convey technical value judgements which might be difficult to justify in detail via this sort of terminology.

    The theory that people's political leanings are just proxies for their deep-down yucks and yums isn't quite right, I think. it's more that we have intuitions about what's good and bad in social organisation and public life that would be onerous to justify in detail, and resort to the language of yucks and yums to convey those intuitions. The real value judgements involved are quite conflicted and contradictory, and making them explicit would involve tremendous work.

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