Unlimited Semiosis and Paradigms
Unlimited semiosis is the repeated process of an interpretant or mental concept becoming a sign or representament for someting else. As a result, one could end up with a group of images that all have something in common – they are part of the same cycle and are somehow linked by the same idea, resulting from the sequenced mental images of the viewer. All of these images are also different, because when each cycle repeats, a new representament is being used. Thus, we end up with a paradigm.
It is then conclusive to say that some paradigms are a result of unlimited semiosis. It is also conclusive to say that unlimited semiosis can create a paradigm.
The two sets of images to the right, are two examples of paradigms created by unlimited semiosis. The first one starts with a sign for Apple technologies. The second image is a teacher’s apple, as a result of the observer’s mental image triggered by the Apple technologies sign. The same process is repeated with the bookworm and the apple tree images. This set is a paradigm because all of the images are distinctly different from each other, but have something in common – the apple.
The second set starts with a wooden pencil, continues with wooden fireplace logs, and ends with a piece of paper. All of the images in the second set also followed the unlimited semiosis cycles. This set is a paradigm because all of the images are distinctly different, but have something in common – wood.
Source: Crow, David. Visible Signs (Advanced Level). Grand Rapids: AVA, 2003. Print.