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    Nonetheless, this impossible regularization or definition of art and religion in any form, communal or universal, may be interpreted as appropriate to as amorphous an entity as art and religion is, and reflects its fundamental heuristic and multivalent nature.

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    as appropriate to as amorphous an entity as art and religion


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    amorphous meaning formless or shapeless.


    The person who wrote the article seems to be speaking word salad and it is very hard to make any meaning out of it.

    It seems they are trying to say it is too hard to define the relationship between art and religion and that difficulty in finding a definition for the relationship makes sense because art and religion themselves are too hard to define in the first place.

    The article is certainly not an example of clear and concise writing and you should try to avoid writing in that style if possible, unless your aim is to confuse the people that read it.


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    A definition of the word "amorphous" is "being without definite character or nature : unclassifiable". They are saying that art and religion are not easy to study using scientific or logical methods. Therefore, they think it is appropriate to study it using heuristic methods, which involves educated guesses, rules of thumb, and mental shortcuts.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heuristic
    Heuristic (/hjʉˈrɪstɨk/; Greek: "Εὑρίσκω", "find" or "discover") refers to experience-based techniques for problem solving, learning, and discovery that give a solution which is not guaranteed to be optimal. Where the exhaustive search is impractical, heuristic methods are used to speed up the process of finding a satisfactory solution via mental shortcuts to ease the cognitive load of making a decision. Examples of this method include using a rule of thumb, an educated guess, an intuitive judgment, stereotyping, or common sense.
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    Well done. Thank you all so much.

    Could you possibly analys the following? I mean I would like to know it's verbs, subjects ,et cetera.

    as appropriate to as amorphous an entity as art and religion
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    What is multivalent nature?
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    I think it is a poorly constructed sentence. It doesn't seem as if the author really knew what the subject of the sentence was supposed to be, but apparently it is "regularization" - impossible regularization. So the impossible regularization is interpreted as appropriate. It is appropriate to an entity, which is as amorphous as art and religion. I hope this helps. I'm a bit rusty on my grammar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nima_persian View Post
    What is multivalent nature?
    I found this definition from an online dictionary:
    mul·ti·va·lent (mŭl′tĭ-vā′lənt, mŭl-tĭv′ə-lənt)adj.1. Chemistry Polyvalent.
    2. Genetics Of or relating to the association of three or more homologous chromosomes during the first division of meiosis.
    3. Immunology Having several sites of attachment for an antibody or antigen.
    4. Having various meanings or values: subtle, multivalent allegory.
    Definition 4 applies here. They mean that art is not a single entity but can have various components and meanings.
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    What does is interpreted as appropriate mean?


    And, what does AN ENTITY AMORPHOUS mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harold14370 View Post
    I think it is a poorly constructed sentence. It doesn't seem as if the author really knew what the subject of the sentence was supposed to be, but apparently it is "regularization" - impossible regularization. So the impossible regularization is interpreted as appropriate. It is appropriate to an entity, which is as amorphous as art and religion. I hope this helps. I'm a bit rusty on my grammar.
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    Valence in this case means powers or strengths, but the author seems to be using it in the sense of values or faces.

    Entity amorphus means simply, "a shapeless thing."

    Like I said, it seems like a word salad piece where the author is trying to impress the reader with words that are not understandable. It might make him sound like he knows what he is talking about but it is failing to convey any real meaning.

    Reading it again I would say there is a bit of content in it but not very much. A decent editor probably could have reduced the entire paper, excluding the bibliography, to less than 30 lines without losing anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nima_persian View Post
    as appropriate to as amorphous an entity as art and religion
    It took me a few goes to work out what this is supposed to mean. It might be clearer as: an entity which is as amorphous (shapeless) as art and religion are.

    Is (a bit) that easier to understand?

    Then you need to work out what the subject of the sentence (i.e. the "entity") is. I think it is "the definition of art". Maybe.

    The writer should have his laptop and all pens and pencils taken away until he learns to communicate.
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