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Paul Rousseau :
Re: towards a unified terminology;
Thu, 13 Jun 1996 12:59:53 -0500

Michael Miranda writes:

>Why need a sign be recognized by its users as a sign?

It doesn't and most people I know do and get along quite well.  Signs don't
exist on the physical plane, they are only mental
constructs...alternatively....
>
Perhaps because people tend to reify their perceptions as "the event" or
"the thing".  If people can learn to conceptualize their perceptions as
codes and signs that have been shaded by the combination of personal
experience and cultural socialization, then they have a fighting chance to
be more "objective" and perhaps make different conscious and deliberate
decisions instead of "thoughtless" and "knee jerk" ones.  To be able to
recognize (actually to consciously label) an event or thing as a "sign" can
give one intellectual freedom to make better (at least different) choices.

Paul Rousseau
St. Clair Beach, Ontario
Canada  (519) 735-7959
roussea@server.uwindsor.ca
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