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The Organism as a Semiotic and Cybernetic System

Gennaro Auletta

in Cognitive Biology

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199608485
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729539 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608485.003.0009
The Organism as a Semiotic and Cybernetic System

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Here, the concept of sign is introduced as well as those of teleonomic and teleologic mechanisms. The crucial notions of information control and functional equivalence classes are worked out. Chemotaxis is studied as an example of biological cybernetic system. Finally, the notion of biological self is introduced.

Keywords: sign; teleonomy; teleology; information control; functional equivalence class; self; cybernetic system

Chapter.  14424 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Physics

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