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Title:The fallacy of the cognitive free fall in communication metaphor: A semiotic analysis
Author(s):Thellefsen, Martin; Thellefsen, Torkild; Sørensen, Bent
Subject(s):Philosophies of Information
Information Science
Librarianship
Libraries
Abstract:This paper is a theoretical analysis of the cognitive free-fall metaphor, used within the cognitive view, as a model for explaining the communication process between a generator and a receiver of a message. Its aim is to demonstrate that the idea of a cognitive free fall taking place within this communication process leads to apparent theoretical paradoxes, partly fostered by unclear definitions of key information-science concepts—namely, tokens, signs, information, and knowledge and their interrelatedness—and a naïve theoretical framework. The paper promotes a semiotically inspired model of communication that demonstrates that what takes place in communication is not a cognitive free fall, but rather a fall from a pragmatic level of knowing or knowledge to a level of representation or information. The paper further argues that the communication process more ideally can be expressed as a complex interrelation of emotion, information, and cognition.
Issue Date:2015
Publisher:Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In Library Trends 63 (3) Winter 2015: 512–527.
Genre:Article
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/89830
ISSN:0024-2594
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1353/lib.2015.0011
Rights Information:Copyright (2014) Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-04-07
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