notes: norm and category

Category compels its own defense. Some ideas about this {elsewhere — to be added…}

I noted (@fucktheory: Twitter 12:00 2015-01-05) that

One of the most brilliant and fundamental insights…the realization that norms produce category

Agreed. Immediately, though, I can’t help but think about the process. Norm. Normative. Normal. Normalcy. What produces the “normal”?

Working from the assumption that this is sensation, “normal” would arise from a series of experiences, the sort that occur in sequentially, in a row, so to speak. Brain structures are created to match the repetition and a person then has an expectation of another repetition. Tentatively, repetition creates “normal”.

But, there is filtering involved, too. A series of experiences can have intermediate events not matching the first repetition. Maybe these are like experiences that occur in an overlapping way: First one, then the other, then the first (again) and so forth. So, creating, by the above assumption, not just one, but three “norms”. The frequency of two experiences and the frequency of the inter-occurrence of the experiences.

In the second case, where only one of the frequently occurring experiences are noticed and identified consciously as “normal”, there has been a filtering of some kind. Other “norms” have been eliminated. In other words, it is the filtering that produces norms (here). In still other words, it is an act (mechanical, conscious, unconscious, or other) of categorization that has produced the norm, not the other way around.

Does the process of normalization produce category?
Does categorization (described here) produce normalcy?

Is “normal” for a person the same as normal for more than one person — a group. Each person can only have personal experience (I cannot have your experience).

Is “normal” [collected in shared experience OF] group different than personal “normal”? Are categories — whether producing or produced — the same when shared or communicated as they are when merely experienced as some kind of sensation (cognition, recognition, comparison, etc.)?

The end point is to explain group norms in terms of personal norms