Thursday, March 19, 2015

Memo: Semiological Exercise Analysis

Memo to analyze this video ( as an example of semiological exercise, the swapping and rearranging of signs and sign systems unique to humans that allows for fictional worlds.

What are its further implications in light of semioethics? What are its assumptions? What does it say and leave out?

Memo: Semiological Replacements—the Natural for the Supernatural

Memo to examine semiological replacements of the natural for the supernatural.

Question: when the supernatural is increasingly displaced, will the natural replace it?

Working definitions: 1) Supernatural: the whole realm of the object of faith and its relations, especially sociological-moral; 2) Natural: the realm of creatures, finite objects, particularly touching sociological-moral matters.

Examples of some sociological-moral matters: global market and economy (capitalism vs. communism); eugenics; smoking (; environment; health and dieting; Saints vs. celebrity role models; hierarchical and informed authorities vs. popular authorities; etc.

The above can be aptly summed up in humanitarian activist work; working for world peace in various ways is especially popular.

Creativity in business also is on the rise in ways that combine cultural values, such as independence and relation.

Memo: Modernist Influences Among Conservative Catholic Communities

Memo to think of and develop sociological surveys to measure modernist influences among conservative and so-called Traditionalist Catholic communities.

Specific dimensions would include the values that underlie liberalism in its various manifestations: political, economic, philosophical. Aesthetics (beauty), morality/ethics, metaphysics (especially hierarchical nature), epistemology (can we know/prove objective morality, God's existence and attributes, human nature, etc.). Social values: independence, human dignity and rights, education, career path, identity formation, subculture, delinquency (drug use, abuse, drop out rates, crime patterns). Religious values (modesty).

Science vs. religion; faith vs. reason; the relation of business, money, and work with faith and small communities (e.g. are there any such Catholics who occupy the so-called "super rich" upper class?).

Is religion and faith seen principally through a modern liberal lens? Etc.