symbolic system


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symbolic system

[sim¦bäl·ik ′sis·təm]
(computer science)
A computer program that performs computations with constants and variables according to the rules of algebra, calculus, and other branches of mathematics. Also known as algebraic computation system; computer algebra system; symbolic computation system.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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They unveil a complex and meaningful symbolic system that evolved over time and integrated the legacy of many myths and cultures of the world.
According to Berger, Melville's novel depicts Ahab's traumatic moment as generating a new symbolic system in the form of Ahab's politics, which allows him to rely on a crew in his post-traumatic world.
He was especially intrigued by the monarchy in Nordic countries, which people respected as a symbolic system without having to put up with its escapades and extravagances.
With initiation rites involving the ingestion of in and sama and tattooing on the upper body using a symbolic system established by a named master, an initiate becomes a conduit for the transmission of power.
In order to pass judgment, the other must be endowed with a measure of authority, which is deeply implicated in its second function, which is to guarantee the Symbolic system and the Law (one sees how the empty place of objective viewing and judgment becomes filled with an Imaginary answer to the natural question, "Who are you to judge?").
GENTLE READER: "Who he is'' is someone who understands that the choice of clothing constitutes a symbolic system -- but who is willing to use it only to broadcast himself, even at the cost of symbolizing disrespect for others and for a ceremonial occasion.
239) Four decades ago, Gardner (1973) maintained that drawing should be recognized as a symbolic system and be studied as such.
Thus, both the symbolic system (the set of classification functions) and the social system (the empirical social organization with its organizations, roles and institutions) that are interconnected change or transform to adapt to their surroundings in order to survive; in other words, aiming for their maintenance and expansion.
That Judaism is a symbolic system of ceremonial law that values practice over theory or theological doctrine predisposed it to enlightenment, for religious practice in the form of ritual is cognitively less ambiguous and socially less divisive--so Mendelssohn--than language and metaphysics.
Thus, (53) can be expressed via a quasipolynomial and, thus, obtained through the designed symbolic system.
This personal quest of Shadow's occurs on the novel's individual level, while the symbolic system that is American culture forms the text's cultural level.