The song and video has been made at the occasion of my mother, Elise Seip Tønnessen's, 60 year anniversary, which was celebrated yesterday. "Semioteque" does not feature ordinary vocals, but instead samples from Umberto Eco's lecture in Tartu, Estonia on May 6th 2009, 'On the Ontology of Fictional Characters: a Semiotic Study' (more specifically samples of rector Alar Karis, me, and Umberto Eco). That whole session can be watched on video on the webpages of University of Tartu.
The full transcript of my question and Umberto Eco's answers has been posted in Utopian Realism, with a comment written in hindsight, in 2009. The edited excerpts made use of in the song "Semioteque" reads like this:
This edited transcript has been added to The Schopenhauer Experience's lyrics section, along with previous material (which includes original song lyrics, original poems, and cover songs).
[not transcribed: Alar Karis, speaking in Estonian. ...]
MT: And I would like you to say something about what role fiction can be said to play within natural science...
Eco: No... No, I missed ... the real question.
MT: Let me finish. Um…
(MT: And I would like you to say something about what role fiction can be said to play within natural science... )
(Eco: No... No, I missed ... the real question.)
MT: And often in applied science, we start out with imagining something that does not exist – it’s totally mind-dependent; and then we carry it into life. … Isn’t that the work of fiction?
Eco: No! I... Take, for instance the cold fusion. Typical example of a scientific hoax.
Eco: I don’t say that it’s a fiction – it’s a mistake, which is different.
Eco: I say that there is fiction when the author pretends to say the truth, and asks you to pretend that you are believing it.
Eco: If not, it’s a lie. If I tell you there is an elephant outside… and you naively go out to see whether it is there or not, that is not a case of fiction, I am only a *** liar... And you are too naive, hehe.
Eco: Except, you are not Thomas Aquinas! His comrades told him… 'Thomas, there is an ass flying on the skies', and he went out … (to) look. Hehe…
MT: Isn’t that the work of fiction?