Decontextualize is an entry in Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary. In the art of photopgraphy it means photomontage. And even a Fallacy of Decontextualization exists. But Wolfgang Pfeifenberger has attached a whole philosophic concept to this term.

From the vantage point of fauceir theory, this philosophic view is interesting for two reasons.

  1. The scope is the same as his concept of evolution includes progress, and it is applicable to fields other than biology.
  2. His observation that objects become increasingly detached is consistent with the fauceir concept of evolution.

The first three steps of his example are illustrated below.

evolution of ballistic weapons

His example proceeds through firearms to the electronic machine gun, but the tendency is all the same the fauceir of ballistic weaponry, depicted by a dotted boxes, becomes more and more complex. As in this example the components are arranged in tandem, this linear arrangement conveys the impression that man and victim become more and more detached by the evolutionary process, but this is not always the case, for instance in  biology the distance remains the same – a molecule coupling to the same kind of receptor, but signal transduction and processing becomes more complex. Thus the rule of evolutionary progress in more general terms says increasing complexity by increasing number of fauceir components.


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