Preparations for discussing constructivism with a Martian

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Abstract

It is easy to demonstrate the naivety of many people preparing messages for intelligent beings on other planets using pictures. On the other hand, constructivism, which supposes all our perception to rely on social constructs, has long been shown to be untenable, notably by Gibson, who instead suggested that some general ecological principles have to be taken into account. In a parallel fashion, I have argued that the critique of iconicity should be supplanted by a semiotic ecology: general principles accounting for the fact that pictures are perceived as signs by human beings. In this sense, a message comprehensible to a Martian would need to go beyond the specificity of human ecology.

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  • Languages and Literature

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  • picture, iconicity, ecology, extraterrestrials, sign
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes
EventLes signes du monde: Interculturalité & Globalisation, 2004 : Actes du 8ème congrès de l’Association International de sémiotique - Lyon, France
Duration: 2004 Jul 72004 Jul 12

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ConferenceLes signes du monde: Interculturalité & Globalisation, 2004 
CountryFrance
CityLyon
Period2004/07/072004/07/12

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