'Dialogos' (Greek διάλογος); its roots are διά (dia: through) and λόγος (logos: speech, reason, 'the word'). Dialogos is the expression and reception of meaning.
For Charles S. Peirce, dialogos via semiosis is the essence of thought .... In thinking, a person is “‘saying to himself,’ that is, is saying to that other self that is just coming into life in the flow of time.” ...... 'Proprioception' is an example of what Peirce referred to as 'Secondness' (otherness), and this involves all of our interactions in life's continuity (synechism). ... More from Peirce, "... reaction is existence and the perceptual judgment is the cognitive product of a reaction."
What is 'proprioception'? Proprioception, also referred to as kinaesthesia (or kinesthesia), is the sense of self-movement, body position, and force as we act physically. It is sometimes described as the 'sixth' sense. The action of our consciousness extends beyond our immediate physical space as our mind interacts and engages with others. The mirror neurons in our brain reflect the personal relativity of mind's existence as we observe and interact with other conscious beings who are doing the same. By exercising the 'proprioception of thought', we can become more aware of how 'mind' perceives, processes, reacts, and responds, ultimately helping us to become more responsible and productive in our thoughts and in our interactions with others.
Understanding, through self-reflective, proprioceptive thought, and engaging with others in dialogue in a reflective and proprioceptive way, can make a real difference.
Think about how you 'thought' before you used language. Meaning was conveyed to you by your mind interacting with representations in your surroundings long before you ever understood words. Semiosis is inherent to all living organisms. Eventually, you learned your culture's 'shorthand' for those representations (language). Words, whether written or spoken, are still an action of semiosis (signs representing meaning). Unfortunately (and so obvious in our world today), the shorthand that is language doesn't convey full meaning, which is why we are always creating new words and modifying definitions. The interpretant's prior experiences and cultural cognitive mapping also influences the quality of that conveyance of meaning.
The dialogue of semiosis is crucial to all living organisms. Life cannot exist without dialogue and the meaning that it conveys. The quality of that meaning matters. Face-to-face dialogue improves that quality. The inherent processing of universal 'Mind' (all is connected) strives for better understanding. All of life, and in all of its thermodynamic energy phases, depends on participation in the dialogue of semiosis. As much of an effect as human beings have on our biosphere, we should understand the importance of helping to maintain the highest quality of dialogue between all living organisms. Ignoring the existence of semiosis, or not being willing to learn about and understand it, is now a tragedy of immense proportions due to the dangers of our global technology. Wielding the power of words irresponsibly (such as promoting and falsely elevating the value of text algorithms in an already nominalistic culture) fuels that feedback loop of severely detrimental effects (runaway train). The detachment fallout is global-ecosystem-wide.
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