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  1. A Biosemiotic Encyclopedia: An Encyclopedic Model for Evolution.Ľudmila Lacková - 2018 - Biosemiotics 11 (2):307-322.
    New discoveries in the life sciences have affirmed that the virtual script as well as its context-dependent reading and interpretation determine the final living creature. An extended understanding of Darwinian Theory is crucial for understanding life as semiosis in terms of Peirce and Eco’s semiotic models. The semiosis of living systems is potentially unlimited. Genes are not static and unchangeable scripts, but can always be reinterpreted by new interpretants that illuminate them from different points of view, depending on which properties (...)
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  • How Does Time Flow in Living Systems? Retrocausal Scaffolding and E-series Time.Naoki Nomura, Koichiro Matsuno, Tomoaki Muranaka & Jun Tomita - 2019 - Biosemiotics 12 (2):267-287.
    Anticipatory acts or predictive behavior are prerequisites for living organisms to sustain their survival when escaping from a predator, catching prey, or schooling. For example, catching prey requires that the predator perform some procedures that are equivalent to estimating the directional movement of the prey, its speed and its distance relative to the predator. Underlying these procedures is time experience, which does not adhere to man-made mechanical clocks. Living organisms keep time based on the local activities of each participant and (...)
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  • “Semiotic Canalization”: a Process Directing the Use and Interpretation of Signals in Animal Interactions?Gabriel Francescoli - forthcoming - Biosemiotics:1-9.
    C. S. Peirce defined the sign as a means to communicate a form or habit embodied in the object to the interpretant, thus constraining the behavior of an interpreter to a limited series of effects. This is part of the process of “semiotic scaffolding” in which sign relations interlock and reinforce one another, providing directionality to the process. In biological evolutionary studies canalization is defined as the adjustment of developmental pathways by natural selection to bring about a uniform result despite (...)
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  • Communication and the Origins of Personhood.Duygu Uygun Tunç - 2020 - Dissertation, University of Helsinki
    This thesis presents a communicative account of personhood that argues for the inseparability of the metaphysical and the practical concepts of a person. It connects these two concepts by coupling the question “what is a person” with the question "how does one become a person". It argues that participation in social interactions that are characterized by mutual recognition and giving-and-taking reasons implied by the practical concept of a person is in fact an ecological and developmental condition for an entity to (...)
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  • Bases Are Not Letters: On the Analogy Between the Genetic Code and Natural Language by Sequence Analysis.Dan Faltýnek, Vladimír Matlach & Ľudmila Lacková - 2019 - Biosemiotics 12 (2):289-304.
    The article deals with the notion of the genetic code and its metaphorical understanding as a “language”. In the traditional view of the language metaphor of the genetic code, combinations of nucleotides are signs of amino acids. Similarly, words combined from letters represent certain meanings. The language metaphor of the genetic code, 171–200, 2011) assumes that the nucleotides stay in the analogy to letters, triples to words and genes to sentences. We propose an application of mathematical linguistic methods on the (...)
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  • Symbols Are Grounded Not in Things, but in Scaffolded Relations and Their Semiotic Constraints.Donald Favareau - 2015 - Biosemiotics 8 (2):235-255.
    As the accompanying articles in the Special Issue on Semiotic Scaffolding will attest, my colleagues in biosemiotics have done an exemplary job in showing us how to think about the critically generative role that semiotic scaffolding plays “vertically” – i.e., in evolutionary and developmental terms – by “allowing access to the upper floors” of biological complexity, cognition and evolution.In addition to such diachronic considerations of semiotic scaffolding, I wish to offer here a consideration of semiotic scaffolding’s synchronic power, as well (...)
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