Semiotic Constraints of the Biological Organization
Authors: (Abir U. Igamberdiev, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Department of Biology, St. Johnís, NL, Canada)
Abstract: Living systems are self-maintained semiotic structures open for material and energy flows but ―closed for efficient causation‖ (Robert Rosen). The factor which introduces the organizational invariance and generates such a closure has a fundamentally semiotic nature. The system having the semiotic parameter of organizational invariance physically exhibits stable non-equilibrium and is able to transform and evolve according to basic symmetric and combinatorial rules. The living process is self-referential: the biological system in its development and reaction to external stimuli makes an internal choice by reducing indeterminacy of the potential field in interaction with the environment. In other words, the system measures itself as embedded into the recognized part of the environment, the Umwelt. This reflective action is based on the semiotic structure of living system, which includes the inherited description with rigid grammar and the flexible combinatorial rearrangements generating possibilities of internal choice. The inherited description itself can evolve towards incorporation of the environmental inputs as recognized (i.e. signified) by the system. The social evolution starts when the parameters designating the world as a whole and representing the actual infinity are encoded within the semiotic system. This allows the semiotic expansion of the Umwelt by using the external elements as labor tools, by directing human-driven evolution, and by discovering new energy sources.