Semiotics

Semiotics Group

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.

About pk

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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