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Creating a Semiotic Web Through Enchanted Learning

The “inventor of the Internet,” Tim Berners-Lee, argues Google’s days ruling the web are numbered by claiming the future is a “semantic web” functional interface:

“Using the semantic web, you can build applications that are much
more powerful than anything on the regular web,” Mr Berners-Lee said.
“Imagine if two completely separate things — your bank statements and
your calendar — spoke the same language and could share information
with one another. You could drag one on top of the other and a whole
bunch of dots would appear showing you when you spent your money.

“If you still weren’t sure of where you
were when you made a particular transaction, you could then drag your
photo album on top of the calendar, and be reminded that you used your
credit card at the same time you were taking pictures of your kids at a
theme park. So you would know not to claim it as a tax deduction.

“It’s about creating a seamless web of all the data in your life.”

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Does Changing the Label Change the Context?

If you change the label of a concept, is the context forming the underlying concept changed as well — or is the concept always the same no matter the name?

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Meaning in Translation

How does one create a context for understanding in translation when words can have a multiplicity of meanings in one language and a single meaning in another language?

Ideas require the specificity of definition with words in order to be fully comprehended in all spheres of sensation, but what happens when there is no specificity to be had in the translation of a word into an idea?

What is immediately lost?  Subtlety?  Humor?  Context?  Frames of innate understanding?

As the world crumbles in space and time how it is possible for nations — let alone people of the world — to agree on anything important that involves words and meanings and definitions that pull us beyond the universal human myth of shared beauty and aesthetic?

Searching for Meaning and Relevance

When you do a search on the internet, are you more often looking for meaning or relevance? We search for: Meaning in others and relevance in our thoughts.

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Text is Tricksy and I am Not Kidding

Know this universal warning:  Beware of words and their meaning!  Words are tricksy.  Text is culturally malleable!

A UK associate and I exchanged email the other day.  I live in the USA.  He lives in the UK.

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