All Yesterday's Tomorrows: The report on, and of, Project Arxana concerning word processing, electronic publishing, hypertext, etc. -- Supplement II


"While the rest of the world is whispering, hoping the person next to them will fill in the gaps, miscommunication --- we only have pieces of knowledge, we can never own it all." -- Samantha Alberta
"Our language can be seen as an ancient city: a maze of little streets and squares, of old and new houses with additions from various periods; and this surrounded by a multitude of new boroughs with straight regular streets and uniform houses." -- Ludwig Wittgenstein
"It is clear that we have a concept of the elementary proposition apart from its special logical form. Where, however, we can build symbols according to a system, there this system is the logically important thing and not the single symbols. And how would it be possible that I should have to deal with forms in logic which I can invent: but I must have to deal with that which makes it possible for me to invent them." -- Ludwig Wittgenstein
"How could we decide a priori whether, for example, I can get into a situation in which I need to symbolize with a sign of a 27-termed relation?" -- Ludwig Wittgenstein
"It is precisely sign systems and game systems that modern logicians have taken as their central subject, viewing them as abstract transformation systems, and they have thereby been led from their side to desire a study of languages as well from these points of view. In a new sense, then, it seems fruitful and necessary to establish a common point of view for a large number of disciplines, from the study of literature, art, and music, and general history, all the way to logistics and mathematics, so that from this common point of view these sciences are concentrated around a linguistically defined setting of problems. Each will be able to contribute in its own way to the general science of semiotics by investigating to what extent and in what manner its objects may be submitted to an analysis that is in agreement with the requirements of linguistic theory. Thus new light might perhaps be cast on these disciplines, and they might be led to a critical self-examination. In this way, through a mutually fructifying collaboration, it should be possible to produce a general encyclopedia of sign structures." -- Louis Hjemslev