How Deep is the Surface? A Theoretical Framework for Understanding Meaning-Making in Living Systems

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Abstract

Living systems are characterized by unique properties that make them resistant to the ``information-processingperspective'' of traditional cognitive science.This paper details those unique properties andoffers a new theoretical framework forunderstanding the behavior of living systems.This framework leans heavily on ideas fromgeneral systems theory (specifically Bateson'sinteractionist perspective), semiotics, andMerleau-Ponty's phenomenology. The benefits ofusing this framework are illustrated withexamples from two different domains: immunologyand verbal interaction.
Original languageEnglish GB
Pages (from-to)393-415
Number of pages23
JournalFoundations of Science
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2003

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