Monthly Archives: February 2016

Lines, Horses and Helicopters

Begins 6:20pm Extending the example of the line drawing of a horse, Eco proposes that to change the perception of the line from horse to zebra requires simple additions of a few stripes for it to be recognised as a … Continue reading

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(v) Conventions continued

Begins 2:47pm From what the Constable-painting example from the previous post shows is that when proposed, iconic ‘solutions’ are not conventional, but rather become so ‘step-by-step’.  This is so the more the addressee becomes acquainted with it.  But at certain … Continue reading

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(v) Convention

Begins 2:05pm [SS Spent at least 30 minutes in a jaw breaking bruxism because the six naive assumptions Eco lists on p 191 of his Theory of Semiotics – that have to be challenged in order to get to ‘real … Continue reading

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(iv) Reflections

Begins 3:00pm The fourth naive assumption regarding iconic signs is that of ‘Reflections, Replicas and Empathetic Stimuli’.  So far in the development of his theory, Eco claims that transformation seems to be the best operational explanation of the impression of … Continue reading

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(iii) Analogies

Begins 11:55 Eco asks whether iconic signs can be called analogous on p 200 of his Theory of Semiotics?  In some sense it appears as though analogy and similarity are synonymous terms. (p200)  Functions of analogous computers  provides an explanation … Continue reading

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(ii) Similarities

Begins 10:40am There is an even subtler definition regarding ‘shared properties’ of iconic signs.  It comes from Pierce who viewed a sign as iconic when it “may represent its object mainly by its similarity”. (cited Eco, p 195)  A definition … Continue reading

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(i) All the Same

Begins 11:15 In 1946 Morris claimed that a sign is iconic “to the extent to which it itself has the properties of its denotata.” (Eco, p192). On the level of common sense Eco agrees, but with deeper examination Morris’ statement … Continue reading

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Opposing Oppositions

Begins 9:10 am [after a very strong black coffee] Eco reminds us that we have learnt through the kinesic pointers [like but not limited to ‘the pointing finger’] that signs can exist that are replicable and motivated. But these are … Continue reading

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He/She, She/He!

Begins 8:45 [SS I have decided to step in and take control of this post because I am fed up and not allowed to address the issue in ‘her’ text.  We are just a conversation in her head.  We are … Continue reading

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A Discourse over Content-Nebulas

Begins 6pm A large number of content-units whose combination has yet to be coded is a type of discourse.  Discourse challenge conventional sign-functions because they require new combinations of cultural units, or ‘content-nebulas’ as Eco calls them, that either have … Continue reading

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