Perceptual Interpretation

Some rambling thoughts, prompted by this passage: In short, sensations differ from perceptions in that sensations are co-determined by the subjectivity of environmental source of stimulation together with the subjectivity of animal body stimulated, while perceptions by contrast are actively interpretative rather than passively revelatory of the surroundings; rather than co-determined as sensations are, perceptions … Continue reading Perceptual Interpretation

Sex, Power, and Instinct

Sexual harassment has been a regular in the news cycle for the past twenty-plus years--often but not always as a tool of political exposure. ¬†Powerful men with covered-up but uncurbed desires have been a mainstay of U.S. politics and political news coverage since Anita Hill leveled unproven, but not disproven, accusations against Clarence Thomas in … Continue reading Sex, Power, and Instinct

Semiotics and Science

Although not yet a widely understood field, semiotics--defined briefly as the study of the action of signs--is beginning to make a name for itself; in Europe, at least.  In my experience so far in the United States, most people outside of a limited circle who know something of "semiotics" know what is in fact semiology, … Continue reading Semiotics and Science