Re: (Reply to Benzon) I

From: William Benzon (
Date: Fri 23 May 2003 - 15:19:12 GMT

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    on 5/23/03 9:50 AM, Gudmundur Ingi Markusson at wrote:

    > (GIM) I agree. The assumption that information simply resides in books or
    > otherwise, waiting to be incorporated by hosts, which seems to be taken for
    > granted in much memetic discussion, is misguided. Here I think Peirce is
    > useful. In the light of his semiosis concept, information is not a dyadic
    > relation, a carrier carrying something (signifier incorporating a signified),
    > but a triadic relation, where information arises only when a subject
    > interprets a signifier (sign-vehicle).
    > Gudmundur

    All of which is to say that mentalist memetics gets tripped up on a point that linguists and semioticians have understood for a century or so.

    Bill B

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