Chapter 12 A Point for Thought: Meaning-Bridging the Gap between Physics and Semantics

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Abstract

Attempts to apply information in its syntactic sense to biology encounter the sharp criticism of irrelevance. Nevertheless, when biologists reflect on their subject matter they inevitably invite bridging concepts, such as information, the relevance of which is not always clear. In this chapter, it is suggested that meaning, rather than information, is the appropriate concept for biologists, not only because as a new organizing concept it introduces new research questions but also because, in contrast to information, it can bridge the physical-biological-semantic gap.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReviving the Living
Subtitle of host publicationMeaning Making in Living Systems
EditorsLaura McNamara, Mary Meyer, Ray Patondagger, Yair Neuman
Pages171-183
Number of pages13
DOIs
StatePublished - 25 Mar 2008

Publication series

NameStudies in Multidisciplinarity
Volume6
ISSN (Print)1571-0831

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering (all)
  • General

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