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Steven Skaggs :
Re: towards a unified terminology;
Sun, 9 Jun 1996 00:09:47 -0400

Hoorah for Katya Mandoki!

Yes, it seems impossible to agree on a terminology,
but the advantage of this forum is that the arguments can be
worked out in real time from all over the world.
In the end, the thing gained - if not the goal of a unified
terminology - will at least be enlightened discussion of the
problems of unification: and that alone would make a
worthwhile paper next year.

And who knows: perhaps a path will be found to consolidate some
of the jargon.

Katya is exactly right that the in-fighting and obscure
terms both contribute to the inability of semiotics to
influence applied disciplines. Currently, for example,
there is a discussion going on among a group of scientists
studying the physics of consciousness that nearly parallels
insights already made by Peirce and Saussure a century ago.
Yet they are able to give voice to their concepts using the
language of quantum mechanics. Although they may quarrel over
details, they do not get stuck in the words.

SS
Steven Skaggs

>> McCarthy: "Even machines as simple as thermostats can be said to have
>>beliefs."
<< Searle: "What beliefs does your thermostat have?"
>> McCarthy: "My thermostat has three beliefs - it is too hot in here, it
>>is too cold in here, and it is just right in here."

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