Monthly Archives: April 2011

Stop if the signal tells you to

 Begins: 18:00  The first lesson from Chapter one of Eco’s book is recognising the difference between a signal and a sign.  A signal is “a unit of a system that may be an expression system or a physical system without … Continue reading

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Semiotics needs a theory of origins of language

Ends 18:46, Mon 4 April, continued… Begins: 11:13 pm  Eco acknowledges that [we] do need to develop a theory of the origins of language “as a matter which has up to now been avoided by linguists…” (p46)  He goes on … Continue reading

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Understanding Signs

Monday, 4 April Begins: 18:09  If Eco is right then the start of Chapter 2 of his Theory of Semiotics (p48) then “[I am] now in a position to recognise the difference between a signal and a sign”.  [SS I … Continue reading

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Increasing Messages by Decreasing Information.

Begins:  16:00 We need codes to make information more manageable.  Binary transmission of information produces “an extremely large number” (p43) of possible messages, the transmission of which would require an impressive expense of time and energy.  Binary transmissions are what … Continue reading

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