Data and context

Dickins, Thomas E. ORCID logoORCID: (2021) Data and context. Biosemiotics . ISSN 1875-1342 [Article] (Published online first) (doi:10.1007/s12304-021-09454-8)

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Deacon presents a fascinating model that adds to explanations of the origins of life from physical matter. Deacon’s paper owes much to the work of Howard Pattee, who saw semiotic relations in informational terms, and Deacon binds his model to criticism of current information concepts in biology which he sees as semantically inadequate. In this commentary I first outline the broader project from Pattee, and then I present a cybernetic perspective on information. My claim is that this view of information is already present within biology and provides what Deacon seeks.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Behavioural Biology group
Item ID: 33897
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Depositing User: Tom Dickins
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2021 11:45
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 17:42

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