posted on Jun, 13 2017 @ 12:50 AM
What this means, in its ultimate sense, is that matter and mind are finding one another through the Human being.
Does all of this - you right now - really strike you as accidental? Or is the universe so huge in its spectrum of coherent possibilities, that the
complex organized logic of what we are so evades awareness, that we settle for simple little stories?
We know the universe is deterministic. The emergence of matter follows predictable laws. The evolution of matter has followed repeating patterns
called "fractals", which have literally moved to the point of you and I in our present being. The golden mean, indeed, may even be that rule - and
how mysterious too - since the golden mean is the most "irrational" of numbers, going on for infinity.
It excites me to know that I am stitching together something awesome - no less than a "coarse grained" sketch of reality. The task has moved from
the emotional, to the semiotic. The transition point of creation happens at the discovery of fire, where the reflexive Australopithecus first
experienced fire. It first experienced the awe that it bespeaks. It - fire, "speaks"? Is this a mere human metaphor, or is the Human world, as
Charles Sander Peirce thought, pervaded by an underlying semiotic structure - which nowadays may be seen as literally embodied as the structure of our
By 1.8 million years ago, regular interaction day by day, had created an organism that was "capturing" environmental saliences that took on
representational significance. No doubt, the first intonation paired with a commonly shared referent was fire. The "thing" that excites Me. Excites
You. Excites Us. What is this that interests us, so much so that, that we are tempted into representing it to ourselves and one another?
Fire, a mere symbol, or the original "dicisign"? The dicisign, as interpreted by the philosopher Frederick Stjernfelt, is in nature: nature, and the
various forms that arise within it, possess a "dicisign": a capacity for what's called "iconicity", relevant to animals which merely note the
existence of a thing, but not thing as it is in itself i.e. as existing. This "as existing" part, is the dicisign - or the ontological property of
the thing represented, forced into human perception, and constrained into a particular "name": 'afa' 'fire' - this, this glowing, burning, ever
changing but staying the same, destructive yet constructive - for cooking, for light, for a feeling of connection to others and the world - to the
Fire was the first dicisign know to the human mind. Back then, of course, we were small brained bipedal apes. It was with regular interaction with the
affectively stimulating force of fire against the backdrop of the night, in conjunction with the additional calories released from cooking, that
stimulated preferential brain development: the external context I.e. fire of the night, modified metabolic functioning in such a way as to augment
perceptual and cognitive activity - and no doubt, led to the eventual evolution of various types of narratives.
What's important here, is that the emergence of symbolic awareness is stimultaneously the extraction of ontological structure - the dicisigns -
implicit in the object-world Humans interact with , into the hominids brain structure. Thus, Self-Other (world) biosemiotic structure already
contains and expresses the history of relationships that the organism itself gives expression to. Humans, however, have gone deeper: we are not merely
what Daniel Dennett and other's imagine us to be; rather, the world and its objects "speak their structure" because the dicisign of every natural
structure is inherently propositional: it has you in mind i.e. you in your existing as a potential partner in the reality process.
God creates the universe - and I use the word God, because the semiotic order of the universe bespeaks an intelligence far greater than any one of us
can at this present moment in time understand in any other way but in the language of the "infinite beyond" - beyond our present day semiotic
capacities to appreciate. The term "God" also captures a personal quality intrinsic, I think, in the language of Genesis. Adam = Eve, Male = Female,
The Dicisign of Created Reality = The Organism created within Reality, completing the Semiotic Potentials Within It.
Indeed, I can't help but honestly wonder: if everything has a dicisign - including ourselves - then wouldn't that then imply that the objects of the
natural world only have one true interpretation - one true 'dicisign'? What would happen to the Human life world if the Human being, correctly
understanding the nature of the signification of objects - their symbolic meaning in terms of the exigencies of Human living? Our being - our material
ontologies, would then become integrated with the material ontologies of the "things" around us.
Is this a profitable way of thinking? If this is true, the proverbial rain-maker would not seem so strange, but rather, we westerners, naively
dreaming of building machine replacements for ourselves, have lost their natural place in the creation process.
We live in a world of babblers. People who misrepresent and misunderstand. Pure and Utter relativism - objects and their semiotic signification - and
what that even means, ontologically, is totally and utterly lost on them.