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Stigmergy

Steve Dodson, Language Hat, Jun 20, 2019

I've used the word 'stigmergy' on a few of occasions in the past. This article, in addition to referencing a definition ("the trace left in the environment by an action"), makes the point thet 'stigmergy' is a good word while 'sematectonic' is an undesirable alternative (I would also add that the Greek word στίγμα (stigma) allows for traces as both representations and non-representations, while the word σῆμα (sema) connotes representations only, which actually makes it a narrower and less useful term). Image: Susnea.

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