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Table of Contents Preface xxx Part l: The Biosemiotic Approach 5 1. On Biosemiotics 6 Is the biosemiotic approach reductionistic ? Is the biosemiotic approach simply disguised vitalism? Is the biosemiotic approach suspicious metaphysics ? 2. Surfaces Within Surfaces 19 Biological membranes The semiotics of a slap The self The lipid bilayer The creation of life 3. Sign and Cause 41 Final causes What is the status of the 2nd law of thermodynamics Final causes in biology: Utricularia floridana The functionalist idea in biology The central dogma Semiosis and finality Firstness, Secondness, and Thirdness Part 2: The Semiotics of Nature 73 4. Code-Duality 74 Weismannism Life as a dead-end Gene-selectionism Digitalism Code-duality Digital codes Analog codes The epistemic cut Replicators and interactors Organisms The analog coding of epigenisis The lifecycle as a unit of evolution Genes are indeed special 5. The Semiotics of Heredity 117 The logic of mortality Acetabularia acetabulum Semiotics of reproduction Epigenetic heredity The genome C. elegans The human genome Spam Organic codes The cellular city Signal transduction Semiotics of ontogeny From egg to individual The individualized brain The semiotics of heredity 6. The semiotic niche 180 Zoosemiotics Umweltstheory Self-organization, semiosis, and experience The semiotic niche Semiotic freedom Semethic interaction The ecosemiotic motif The biosemiotic core of evolution Semiotic partitioning The Baldwin effect Intelligence and semiosis The ghost of Lamarckism 7. Endosemiotics 227 Innenwelt The metabolic code Dictyostelium discodium The multicellular self Cognition and semiotic emergence The internal surroundings The self as iconic absence The bodily psyche The psychological body The global organism -- Ecological endosemiotics Part 3: Biosemiotics and the Human Being 283 8. From Animal to Human Being 284 Facing reality The puzzle of discontinuity The awakening of the cerebral cortex From iconic to indexical reference Language occupies the brain Language and biosemiosis Corporeal-kinetic forms The linguistic organ The tone in the talk Syntax as movement Freedom as a problem 9. Perspectives 334 Experimental biology "Man's place in nature" Aesthetics and ethics Medical bioethics Ecology and environment Medical science Cognition science 10. Biosemiotic technology 361 The semiotization of technology, a historical sketch The biosemiotics of the industrial revolution Clever techniques Modern biotechnology Proteomics Postscriptum: Short historical notes 376 Sebeok's Vision comes true Beginnings The language metaphor Code tapping animals The Tartu Group The Copenhagen group Notes 390 Literature 428
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Biology -- Semiotics.