The phenomenon which a dog perceives as a smell does not keep its time with that of our nerves, therefore it falls outside our world.
They make a fine model. They reach up to some reality, which was my starting point when I plotted them.
In Book II of The Republic, Plato describes Socrates' dialogue with his pupils. Socrates warns we should not seriously regard poetry as being capable of attaining the truth and that we who listen to poetry should be on our guard against its seductions, since the poet has no place in our idea of God.
In developing this in Book X, Plato tells of Socrates' metaphor of the three beds: one bed exists as an idea made by God (the Platonic ideal); one is made by the carpenter, in imitation of God's idea; one is made by the artist in imitation of the carpenter's.
So the artist's bed is thrice removed from the truth. - wiki-link
; one bed is reduced to its algorithmic relationships, to a series of coordinates plotted in a virtual space - a space which itself is thrice removed from 'the truth'.
To treat a work of plastic art as a discourse intended to be interpreted, decoded, by reference to a transcendent code ... is to forget that artistic production is always also - to different degrees depending on the art and on the historically variable styles of practicing it - the product of an "art", "pure practice without theory", as Durkheim says, or to put it another way, a mimesis, a sort of symbolic gymnastics, like the rite or the dance; and is also to forget that the work of art always contains something ineffable, not by excess, as hagiography would have it, but by default, something which communicates, so to speak, from body to body, i.e. on the hither side of words or concepts, and which pleases (or displeases) without concepts. - Pierre Bourdieu in Outline of a Theory of Practice, 1972
“All narration and description, even leaving its declarative aspect aside, is indissolubly subjective because it involves selection. The information transmitted about any situation can never be more than a fraction of what is available. There is no way of representing the totality of a situation except by the situation itself. And the point of representing it, after all, of turning it into transmittable information, is to make it amenable to examination and manipulation, to bring out what we wish to bring out for the purposes we have in mind.” - The Human Touch: Our part in the creation of the universe