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Sign Systems Studies

Volume 37, Issue 1/2, 2009

Howard H. Pattee, Kalevi Kull
Pages 311-330

A biosemiotic conversation
Between physics and semiotics

In this dialogue, we discuss the contrast between inexorable physical laws and the semiotic freedom of life. We agree that material and symbolic structures require complementary descriptions, as do the many hierarchical levels of their organizations. We try to clarify our concepts of laws, constraints, rules, symbols, memory, interpreters, and semiotic control. We briefly describe our different personal backgrounds that led us to a biosemiotic approach, and we speculate on the future directions of biosemiotics.

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