Paul Bains: The Primacy of Semiosis...
2008/11/9 11:15:51 (3617 reads)

Paul Bains (2006). The Primacy of Semiosis: An Ontology of Relations. (Toronto Studies in Semiotics and Communication). Toronto, Buffalo, London: University of Toronto Press. 186 pp.; ISBN 10: 0-8020-9003-6, ISBN 13:978-0-8020-9003-4.

The conditions on the surface of a planet without living organisms are determined entirely by the sun's energy and the laws of physics and chemistry, as James Lovelock showed convincingly (Margulis, 1999).
A planet with living organisms deviates considerably from this scheme. The gas composition and temperature will vary in a manner that cannot be predicted exclusively by the laws of physics and chemistry alone. Such a planet contains incompatible gas mixtures and temperatures whose relatively stable balance is actively controlled by organisms...

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It’s life, but just as we know it
2008/11/8 11:53:49 (2035 reads)

…to decide who is first in the ‘race to create life’ requires a consensus definition of life
Both the genetic code and all computerprogramming languages are means of communicating large quantities of codified information, which adds another element to a comprehensive definition of life.

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From the "logic of the molecular syntax" to molecular pragmatism
2008/11/2 14:37:35 (2447 reads)

In: Evolution and Cognition, Vol 1/No 2, Seite 148 - 168, 1995, Vienna University Press, Wien. Explanatory deficits in Manfred Eigen's concept of language and communication Manfred Eigen employs the terms language and communication to explain key recombination processes of DNA as well as to explain the self-organization of human language and communication: Life processes as well as language and communication processes are governed by the logic of a molecular syntax, which is the exact depiction of a principally formalizable reality.

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