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One can model an individual as an aggregate set
of semiotes (autonomous sign processors). This is the
model we posed for HumanML. While there is a clear
boundary between individual and environment, one could
model the individual as an internal set of negotiating
agents. It is one reason that emotions have emerged
in recent years as a focus of study for cyberneticists.
The attempt is to understand the role of emotions in
the negotiations of internal agents as they handle
external agents in a situation (another way to say
the environment is a sign processor).
Keep in mind, this is not meant to be a decription of
the human mind, soul or body as a complex, but a means
to model the communication behaviors of humans.
So if the model is a scaling model one can consider
the sign processor from the simplest internals to the
environment itself as a sort of recursive model where
there are scaling boundaries (eg, the
boundary between the individual and the society (internal
and external environments) and that because of the
signs that are received and sent, is semi-permeable
(a messaging system that enables modification of
the semantic or better, overloads the sign but that
requires a means to recognize different meanings
and converge on the effective one for a given
communication/transaction). This is not dissimilar
to the notion that in a pipeline, schemas are modified/transformed
for effective use at each stage and in each location.
That is, schemas are emergent controls.
Incorporate feedback for the semiotes where protocols
are the messages across boundaries (both scale boundaries
and agent boundaries), and the system is dynamic and
has the potential to be NLDS. The agent is modifying
the environmental schema, and the environment is modifying
the agent's schemas. As above; so below.
From: Bullard, Claude L (Len)
"We as autonomous agents ALSO assign
meaning to things without negotiating with any other autonomous agents.
In other words, the significance of things can be developed (enhanced,
whatever) without negotiations."
Another point of view on this is that assignment of signs
without negotiation with other 'autonomous agents' is a
form of negotiation with the environment, that is, the
environment behaves semiotically as well. It is an
agent. When using semiotics, one should consider it
a model of process for assignment (both identity and