[percy-l] The Naked Ape's Triadic Threshold

John Harvey johnharvey at earthlink.net
Sun May 6 08:10:17 EDT 2007

Robert Eckert, List

At 06:42 PM 5/5/2007 -0600, Spc Robert Eckert wrote:

>I'm going on memory here-- I'm pretty sure "A Semiotic Primer of the 
>Self" speaks to this connection [between symbol use and triadic threshold].

A quick Google search revealed that this essay is included in Lost in 
the Cosmos which I just ordered so I could participate in the 
seminar/discussion at www.korrekiv.org.

>  The origin of symbol use is identical to the crossing of the 
> triadic threshold. At some point our brain evolved the ability to 
> synthesize the triadic relation between signifier and signified, 
> linguistic signs and their referents. At that point we evolved a 
> new mode of being.
>I tried dealing with this subject in "Walker Percy and the Mind/Body 
>Problem'  June 1999 International Philosophical Quarterly. 
>[shameless self-promotion] Pretty naive writing on subjects I didn't 
>really understand.
>I know Percy deals with the subject in essays in The Message in the 
>Bottle also.
>This triadic threshold question is THE question. I have to think 
>that understanding where we come from will help us know where we are going.

Although I agree with your sentiments, I would put greater emphasis 
on our future. I believe that THE question is learning how to build 
secure bridges across Percy's Fateful Rift. Of course, understanding 
the triadic threshold is necessary for interpreting this rift 
properly and building secure bridges on a firm foundation. That is 
the reason I am trying to get a handle on your comments.

Thanks for your suggestions. I am just beginning to retrain my dyadic 
eyes to see the triadic forest through what appear to be dyadic trees.


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