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The Resource Signs of meaning in the universe, Jesper Hoffmeyer ; translated by Barbara J. Haveland

Signs of meaning in the universe, Jesper Hoffmeyer ; translated by Barbara J. Haveland

Label
Signs of meaning in the universe
Title
Signs of meaning in the universe
Statement of responsibility
Jesper Hoffmeyer ; translated by Barbara J. Haveland
Creator
Subject
Language
  • eng
  • dan
  • eng
Summary
  • For three and a half billion years the living creatures of the natural world have been engaged in an increasingly complex and extensive conversation. Cells, tissue, organs, plants, animals, entire populations and ecosystems buzz with communication, incessantly emitting and receiving signals. These signs have been there as long as life itself. They make up the semiosphere, a sphere like the biosphere, but one constituted of messages - sounds, odors, movements, colors, electrical fields, chemical signals - the signs of life. This book examines the radical premise that the sign, not the molecule, is the crucial, underlying factor in the study of life
  • On this tour of the universe of signs, Jesper Hoffmeyer travels back to the Big Bang, visits the tiniest places deep within cells, and ends his journey with us - complex organisms capable of speech and reason. He shows that life at its most basic depends on the survival of messages written in the code of DNA molecules, and on the tiny cell - the fertilized egg - that must interpret the message and from it construct an organism. What propels this journey is Hoffmeyer's attempt to discover how nature could come to mean something to someone; indeed, how "something" could become "someone." How could a biological self become a semiotic self? And how, finally, do we unite these two different selves, "nature" and "mind" which we all carry in us and which all too often are at war with each other?
Member of
Action
digitized
Cataloging source
N$T
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hoffmeyer, Jesper
Dewey number
574/.01
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QH501
LC item number
.H6213 1996eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Advances in semiotics
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Life (Biology)
  • Biology
  • Semiotics
  • SCIENCE
  • Biology
  • Life (Biology)
  • Semiotics
  • Biologie
  • Philosophie
Label
Signs of meaning in the universe, Jesper Hoffmeyer ; translated by Barbara J. Haveland
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 155-161) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Signifying: On lumps in nothingness, on "not" -- Forgetting: On history and codes: The dialectic of oblivion -- Repeating: On Nature's tendency to acquire habits -- Inventing: On life and self-reliance, on subjectivity -- Opening Up: On the sensory universe of creatures: The liberation of the semiosphere -- Defining: The mobile brain: The language of cells -- Connecting: On the triadic ascendance of dualism -- Sharing: On language: Existential bioanthropology -- Uniting: Consciousness: The bodily governor within the brain -- Healing: On ethics: Reuniting two stories in one body-mind
Control code
44964923
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 165 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585223452
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations.
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)44964923
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
Signs of meaning in the universe, Jesper Hoffmeyer ; translated by Barbara J. Haveland
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 155-161) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Signifying: On lumps in nothingness, on "not" -- Forgetting: On history and codes: The dialectic of oblivion -- Repeating: On Nature's tendency to acquire habits -- Inventing: On life and self-reliance, on subjectivity -- Opening Up: On the sensory universe of creatures: The liberation of the semiosphere -- Defining: The mobile brain: The language of cells -- Connecting: On the triadic ascendance of dualism -- Sharing: On language: Existential bioanthropology -- Uniting: Consciousness: The bodily governor within the brain -- Healing: On ethics: Reuniting two stories in one body-mind
Control code
44964923
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 165 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585223452
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations.
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)44964923
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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