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From: Jon Awbrey <jawbrey@xxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 22 Aug 2010 12:24:43 -0400
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Sean Barker,    (01)

I have learned to think thrice when I think I have found anything
that "goes beyond Peirce" along the lines of most subjects he gave
much thought to, but here is one of the passages that comes to mind
in discussing the nature of quasi-minds:    (02)

http://www.mywikibiz.com/Directory:Jon_Awbrey/Essays/Prospects_For_Inquiry_Driven_Systems#3.1.__Propositional_Calculus    (03)

The question of "infinite regress" in sign relations --
and/or "infinite semiosis" as Eco popularized it --
is very widely misunderstood, but I will have
to put off further discussion of that until
later tonight or Monday morning.    (04)

Jon Awbrey    (05)

sean barker wrote:
 > FYI: The UK science magazine, New Scientist (www.newscientist.com)
 > has an article this week entitle "A Meaningful Meadow" by Liz Else,
 > (pp. 28-31) on Biosemiotics, a significant chunk of which is devoted
 > to expounding Peirce's theory of signs.
 > The application of semiotics to, say, inter-celluar signalling suggests
 > a resolution to the infinite regression of signs implied by Peirce's theory.
 > That is, the sequence is terminated where the interpretant sign is directly
 > used in some deductive mechanism in the interpreter - in the case of chemical
 > signalling, the sign-vehicle (the chemical) takes part in the chemical 
 > that "is significant to" the interpreting mechanism. I believe this goes 
 > the way Peirce would have interpretted his theory, since I think he expected 
 > sort of "mind" would be the interpreting agent - although would Peirce have 
 > a mechanistic view of mind that we have today?
 > This rather fits in with my comment (seemingly rarely understood)
 > that the meaning of language is determined by the behaviour of
 > the systems that use the language.
 > Sean Barker, Bristol UK    (06)

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