Biosemiotic Research Trends (Google eBook)

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Marcello Barbieri
Nova Publishers, Jan 1, 2007 - Science - 283 pages
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Biosemiotics (bios = life and semion = sign) is an interdisciplinary science that studies communication and signification in living systems. Communication is the essential characteristic of life. An organism is a message to future generations that specifies how to survive and reproduce. Any autocatalytic system transfers information (ie initial conditions) to its progeny so that daughter systems will eventually reach the same state as their parent. Self-reproducing systems have a semantic closure because they define themselves in their progeny. A sign (defined in a broadest sense) is an object that is a part of some self-reproducing system. A sign is always useful for the system and its value can be determined by its contribution to the reproductive value of the entire system. The major trend in the evolution of signs is the increase of their complexity via development of new hierarchical levels, ie, metasystem transitions. This book presents new research in this dynamic field.
  

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Contents

More than Metaphor Genomes are Objective Sign Systems
1
Limitations on Applying Peircean Semeiotic Biosemiotics as Applied Objective Ethics and Esthetics Rather than Semeiotic
17
The French Reception of Jakob Von Uexkülls Umwelt A Regional Variation of Global Semiotics
57
Nature of Music Music of Nature An Introduction to Zoomusicology
81
The Ant on the Kitchen Counter
113
Biological Information Sign Processes in Living Systems
141
How Living Systems Manage the Uncertainty of Events Adaptation by Semiotic Cognition
157
Investigating the Dynamics of Becoming from Cybernetics towards Semiotics
173
From Biosphere to Semiosphere to Social Lifeworlds Biology as an Understanding of Social Science
185
How Junk Became Selfish The Nominalist Breakdown of Molecular Biology
215
The Wake of Consilience Produces Monsters Evolutionary Psychology Social Construction and a Biosemiotic Proposal for Symmetry
241
Semiotics in Biology Inside Neodarwinism
255
Index
269
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Professor Barbieri is based in the Department of Morphology and Embryology at the University of Ferrara, Italy.

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