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Wittgenstein imagines someone (J) jotting down inscriptions as someone else (R) recites a text, where the jottings are necessary and sufficient for J to reproduce the document in its entirety. ``What I called jottings would not be a rendering of the text, not so to speak a translation with another symbolism. The text would not be stored up in the jottings" ([7], 612). Wittgenstein goes on to ask: ``And why should the text be stored up in our nervous system?" (612).gif This question, given the focus of our Monist dialectic, is tangential. We aren't in the business here of investigating whether mental activity always corresponds to neurophysiological activity in the brain. But the sort of jotting to which Wittgenstein draws our attention here is, as I will explain, suggestive of what I regard text to at bottom be.



Selmer Bringsjord
Tue Apr 2 13:34:44 EST 1996