The bulk of the core of my teaching reduces to a few key concepts: epistemology, reason, science, semiotics … The latter is the science of symbols and signs. As I emphasize at Macroinformation, there isn’t anything in our minds that isn’t information. Information is how our minds work: there’s no pretty girl in our eye, there’s only light, which the mind interprets: information being processed and reprocessed.
Korzybski said, “The map is not the territory”: meaning, the symbol is not the “thing”; meaning, all experience, all seeing, all feeling, all thinking … is symbolic: semiotic.
However, in 1995-1997 when the earliest Teaching and Thinking Tools modules were authored, my Mental Modeling, for example, I didn’t use the word semiotics much. And I didn’t always specify semantics either. Now I do.
More posts on the subject will come, combining modules from Knatz.com with new posts not yet composed (and new thoughts, I hope, not yet thunk).
Meantime though, beginning a Semiotic Scrapbook here:
“In the Beginning was the Word.” (John’s gospel is doubly semiotic.)
Now, try to hold still for this: what’s true of our words has to be true of God’s words also. No?
Our words are words, not things; God’s word would also be word: symbol: map; Not Territory!
Semiotics applies. Theology and cosmology must be subsets of Semiotics. Or words have no meaning: including God’s.