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Theses on Biosemiotics: Prolegomena to a Theoretical Biology

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  • Jay Feierman
    Kalevi Kull Department of Semiotics University of Tartu Tartu, Estonia kalevi.kull@ut.ee Terrence Deacon Department of Anthropology University of California,
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 30, 2012
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      Kalevi Kull
      Department of Semiotics
      University of Tartu
      Tartu, Estonia

      Terrence Deacon
      Department of Anthropology
      University of California, Berkeley
      Berkeley, CA, USA

      Claus Emmeche
      Center for the Philosophy of Nature
      and Science Studies
      University of Copenhagen
      Copenhagen, Denmark

      Jesper Hoffmeyer
      Department of Molecular Biology
      University of Copenhagen
      Copenhagen, Denmark

      Frederik Stjernfelt
      Center for Semiotics
      Aarhus University
      Aarhus, Denmark

      Abstract
      Theses on the semiotic study of life as presented here provide
      a collectively formulated set of statements on what biology
      needs to be focused on in order to describe life as a process
      based on semiosis, or signaction. An aim of the biosemiotic
      approach is to explain how life evolves through all varieties
      of forms of communication and signification (including cellular adaptive behavior, animal communication, and human
      intellect) and to provide tools for grounding sign theories. We
      introduce the concept of semiotic threshold zone and analyze
      the concepts of semiosis, function, umwelt, and the like as the
      basic concepts for theoretical biology.

      For a free copy of this entire paper, go to http://www.zbi.ee/~kalevi/Saka.pdf
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