Re: Rules in the arts

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Posted by Yon Bard on January 30, 1999 at 09:57:41:

In Reply to: Re: Rules in the arts posted by R. John Howe on January 30, 1999 at 09:03:47:

John, you said:
"No one is claiming (not even Alexander and Salingaros, who to my mind are making an astounding claim in their view that the rules we follow are at least to some extent hard-wired in our minds) that any 10 rules are sufficient to make aesthetic judgments."

Well, previously you said something about how impressed you were with those particular rules. Although that may not be in formal contradiction with what you are saying here, it is so in spirit, I think. My intuition, fortified by observation, simply tells me that while looking for rules may be an amusing intellectual activity, it is futile as a quest for truth. And, I repeat, to claim that any of the rules so far promulgated is 'necessary' is (to put it euphemistically) not realistic.

Regards, Yon

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