pK. Symbols

Recreating (and advancing) pk’s censored domains: & / Teaching / Scholarship / K. Symbols /

Two parallel articles, 2013 10 15 I’ll merge, edit them:

Any symbol may have a standard meaning but also have as many individualized meanings as there are users of the symbol. There may be a word that means “heart” in any number of languages, but it will have a special meaning in Shakespeare (become since Shakespeare even more standard among English speakers), and a very special meaning in Spanish (in any song strong on sentiment, for example. Think of “los corazones” in Cielito Lindo). I, pk, use standard symbols, but may also have idiosyncratic emphases for them: expect my use of “God” or “Jesus” not to be merely standard.

In February 2005 I added a few posts on pk symbols at my IonaArc blog. I then transferred them to, developing them further there. But the fed censored one of my domains in 2007: all of my domains fell like dominoes as a result. Now I must repost them (and continue their development): and I’ll do it here at the [PaulKnatz blog, superseded by this] pknatz blog.

I organized my domains any way I liked; with blogs I’m limited to a pre-existing format: chronological, with the original post appearing further and further back in the menu, the most recent post getting top billing. Rather backwards. But in any event, I’ll restart here with posts on pk
…such that they’ll begin in a row dated 2009 July 12. Later additions will then be scattered around in the future: but in all cases I’ll subtitle them: “pk Symbols.”

The first two, obvious and almost-obvious, can be dispatched right here:

My initials, lower case: my nickname since college.

Stands for “ and / or any other pk domain:,,,,

Religious Symbols:
Notice that pk uses religious symbols far more frequently than is normal for modern times; but notice at the same time that my use of the symbol is seldom standard. I matters religious I speak an ideolect. Notice further that my non-standard religious imagery sets up non-standard views of secular entities: you think I’m talking about Jesus? I’m setting up to talk about Caesar!
And, as I point out constantly, both practices follow the rhetoric of the late Monsignor Ivan Illich: whom I hail as the greatest of all modern Christian saints.

pk Symbol modules from remounted as of 09 07 18
Original Sin
Cain & Abel
Bishop Wilberforce
Iron Mountain Logic
Coming momentarily:
Cannibals & Missionaries
General Sutter
And a bit more slowly, among others:Bible

maybe I should use this on the page menu; meantime, it’s here
I posted in parallel, now I’ll merge:

A language is a system for manipulating symbols and signs so that the group using the symbols can communicate with some degree of success. Grammar is distinct from vocabulary. A published grammar may attempt to map the rules; a published dictionary may attempt to map individuated symbols as words, phrases … Each user within the group will have s/his own ideolect: individuated grammar and vocabulary. He says “ain’t”; she doesn’t. Barbara means no by “no”; Susan means yes; no one can figure out what Gertrude means. When Shakespeare uses a term it’s a fair bet that his meaning matches the average; when Shakespeare’s Dogberry uses a term, you have to use the context to guess the meaning. And it’s not just Shakespeare or Dogberry: “propagating allegories on the banks of the Nile.”
Any family will have its own vocabulary (and to some extent its own grammar). I can’t imagine any dialogue between pk and bk to be more than fractionally intelligible to any bystander. But, the more of it they hear, the more of it they may guess at (and, if they ask, we’ll probably explain: at length). When Newton talked of gravity he did not mean what his neighbors meant. When Einstein talked of gravity he did not mean what Newton meant. When M theorists talk of gravity they do not mean what Einstein meant.
That series suggests a positive progression of ideas. Sometimes we do get somewhere; but it’s not guaranteed. Sometimes we fall into chaos. pk tries to be progressive: sometimes; but negative progressions are not unfamiliar to me.
pk’s domains mix Standard Written English with pk ideolect in varying degrees. Macroinformation is the closest to the former, but, introducing new ideas, new syntheses, MUST depart from some standards, hopefully superceding them. indulges in much more of the latter; but: pk labors to explain his symbols, especially where he is aware that they will NOT be found in dictionaries or encyclopedias.
Today it occurs to me to launch a new section at labeling and explaining pk symbols: one at a time. Time will tell how far I get, how well I do. (In sixty-six years, the bulk of which have been devoted to communication, some persons have sometimes understood somewhat of what I say; though never enough to form a quorum.
I intend to use my Iona Arc blog to initiate some of these exegeses, maturing them at .
There. Right there. K.: an abbreviation of kdot: which is an abbreviation of as mi is an abbreviation of macroinformation, as Mi is an abbreviation of Macroinformation, as PIm is an abbreviation of (as FLEX is an abbreviation for the Free Learning Exchange, Inc.) (as the Free Learning Exchange is a symbol for the never-yet-realized collection and regurging of all public information: uncensored, unselected, unmanaged: without licenses).
2005 02 19 I note that I’ve now launched posts on Jesus, God, and Cain & Abel: all familiar / pk symbols. They’re all biblical: in origin, if not in how I use them. But the visitor to pk domains should recognize that that’s one of several sets of basic symbols. Similarly important if not more important are my symbols from science: and note that I use them too as metaphor: homeostasis, semiotics, extension, information, potential difference …

K. Symbols

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Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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