Category Archives: semiotics

Matching Maps

/ Semiotics / When you read an account of something, by what standards do you appraise its accuracy? God gave Moses his Commandments to pass on to the Jews? Sherman burned his way to Atlanta? Bush won such-and-such a percentage … Continue reading

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Christian N

Semiotics / What do words mean? Do they mean what the dictionary says? or what the speaker intends? Or what the listener understands? Do words mean anything reliable at all? Christian: Does “Christian” mean that the subject believes that God … Continue reading

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Semiotics, Semantics … Meaning

Knatz.com / Teaching / Thinking Tools / Semiotics / Semantics Science of Meaning Thought & Talk vs. Existence, Events … Oh, you’re just quarreling about semantics. How many times have you heard people say that? Hundreds? How many times have … Continue reading

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Mapping as Selection

from Knatz.com Teaching / Thinking Tools / Semiotics 2002 03 13 Mapping as Selection An email from bkMarcus [pk’s son] on Making Maps pk I just got off the phone with you and found this message in my mailbox: An … Continue reading

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Symbol vs. Signal

I have recently ordered but not yet read S. I. Hayakawa’s Language in Thought and Action. I look forward to seeing him elaborate on a point I intend to develop into several areas here: a distinction between signal and symbol. … Continue reading

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Symbol

Re: Semiotics @ K. 2004 02 25 Reference: Ogden & Richards, The Meaning of Meaning, 1923 Symbolism is the study of the part played in human affairs by language and symbols of all kinds, and especially of their influence on … Continue reading

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Metaphor vs. Simile

@ K. 1999 05 14 Metaphor vs. Simile All thought is metaphor. Vico (Bateson too) My love is an arbetus. She walks in beauty like the night. Metaphor says that A is B; simile says that A is like B. … Continue reading

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