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Editors: Marcello Barbieri (Dipart di Morfol ed Embriol., Ferrara, Italy)
Book Description:
Subject Scope: Biosemiotics; Biosemiosis; Biocybernetics, Communications, Genetics

Biosemiotics (bios=life & 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 (i.e. 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, i.e., metasystem transitions. This book presents new research in this dynamic field.

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1.-More than Metaphor: Genomes are Objective Sign System; pp. 1-15
(David L. Abel and Jack T. Trevors)

Chapter 2.-Limitations on Applying Peircean Semeiotic Biosemiotics as Applied Objective Ethics and Esthetics Rather than Semeiotic;
pp. 17-56
(Tommi Vehkavaara)

Chapter 3.-The French Reception of Jakob Von Uexküll’s Umwelt:
A Regional Variation of Global Semiotics; pp. 57-80
(Jui-Pi Chien)

Chapter 4.-Nature of Music / Music of Nature:
An Introduction to Zoomusicology; pp. 81-111
(Dario Martinelli)

Chapter 5.-The Ant on the Kitchen Counter; pp. 113-140
(Stephen Philip Pain)

Chapter 6.-Biological Information Sign Processes in Living System; pp. 141-155
(Wolfgang Hofkirchner and Günther Ellersdorfer)

Chapter 7.-How Living Systems Manage the Uncertainty of Events:
Adaptation by Semiotic Cognition; pp. 157-172
(Toshiyuki Nakajima)

Chapter 8.-Investigating the Dynamics of Becoming from
Cybernetics towards Semiotics; pp. 173-184
(Yagmur Denizhan and Vefa Karatay)

Chapter 9.-From Biosphere to Semiosphere to Social Lifeworlds
Biology as an Understanding of Social Science; pp. 185-213
(Guenther Witzany)

Chapter 10.-How Junk Became Selfish: The Nominalist Breakdown of Molecular Biology; pp. 215-239
(Thierry Bardini)

Chapter 11.-The Wake of Consilience Produces Monsters Evolutionary Psychology, Social Construction, and a Biosemiotic Proposal for Symmetry; pp. 241-254
(Andreas Weber Berlin)

Chapter 12.-Semiotics in Biology: Inside Neodarwinism; pp. 255-26(Stanley N. Salthe)


   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2nd quarter 2007
   ISBN: 1-60021-574-2
   Status: AV
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