@herman thanks so much for coming here and making your case on the semiotic argument.
I think I’ve clarified why I do not find it a compelling argument, and perhaps we will disagree from here out. Nonetheless, I notice we still have a lot of common ground. I hope you stick around this community.
What motivates you to engage on topics like this? Your blog (https://standard-deviations.com/) is pretty interesting, even though you have not published there in a while. Also, you seem to have a skeptical view of technological progress that reminds, in a good way, of Ian Hutchinson from MIT. Have you read any of his work? Or watched any of his scientific presentations?
Any how, tell us more about what is motivating you. I hope you also stick around.