A note on life as meaning-making machinery

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In order to support the goal of comprehensive detection of life with appropriate conceptual tools we should have a clear definition of life. However, it is known that the definition of life is far from satisfactory and it is doubtful whether a definition of life is possible or needed. In this paper, I suggest that it is possible to approach life from a biosemiotic perspective as a meaning-making process, i.e., a process that yields the system's specific response to an indeterminate signal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-364
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2006


  • Biosemiotics
  • Definition of life
  • Gregory Bateson
  • Linguistic metaphor
  • Meaning-making

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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