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A significant component of this investigation was devoted to the question of how our generation can communicate with up to three hundred generations into the future. S. Congress, in 1987, of a site in Nevadarecommended, among other items, that a relay system of recoding messages be launched and that the messages to be actually displayed be imbued with the maximum possible redundancy. In any event, in the future, communication will increasingly depend on developments in biotechnology and computer technology, which already provide humanity with an opportunity to redesign itself.

Schutz argued along two lines: first, that "I" is born into the world of others, who raised "me" and bequeathed to "me" patterns of signification ("knowing") and of communication ("behaving"); and second, that "I" is able to "stop and think"the expression is John Dewey'sthat is, to become conscious of "my" concealed individual self (Schutz 1962:169-172). This, of course, echoes what Coleridgewhose philosophy of Ich-heit Peirce himself cited circa 1902called, as far back as 1817, in his Biographia Literaria (Ch.

Previous page page_40 If you like this book, buy it! next page > < previous page page_41 next page > Page 41 This companion piece to Chapter 3 was first published as the foreword to Sign, Self, and Society, ed. Benjamin Lee and Greg Urban (Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 1989), v-xiv. The book was dedicated to Milton Singer, of the University of Chicago, by a group of his students, colleagues, and friends. The contents of this chapter, together with those of Chapter 3, then formed the basis for further extensive discussions at two related colloquia held in Germany in 1990: Colloquium on Psycho-NeuroImmunology (Tutzing, June 3-7); and Models and Methods of Biosemiotics (Glotterbad, June 7-9).

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