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Author Neuman, Yair ♦ Nave, Ophir
Source SpringerLink
Content type Text
Publisher Springer Netherlands
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2008
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Natural sciences & mathematics ♦ Life sciences; biology
Subject Keyword Biosemiotics ♦ Coding ♦ Category theory ♦ Relational biology ♦ Value ♦ RNA world ♦ Computing Methodologies ♦ Psychology ♦ Philosophy of Science ♦ Linguistics (general) ♦ Evolutionary Biology
Abstract The relational structure of RNA, DNA, and protein bears an interesting similarity to the determination problem in category theory. In this paper, we present this deep-structure similarity and use it as a springboard for discussing some abstract properties of coding in various systems. These abstract properties, in turn, may shed light on the evolution of the DNA world from a semiotic perspective. According to the perspective adopted in this paper, living systems are not information processing systems but “meaning-making” systems. Therefore, what flows in the genetic system is not “information” but “value.” We define meaning, meaning-making, and value and then use these terms to explain the abstract dynamics of coding, which can illuminate many forms of sign-mediated activities in biosystems.
ISSN 18751342
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2008-02-27
Publisher Place Dordrecht
e-ISSN 18751350
Journal Biosemiotics
Volume Number 1
Issue Number 1
Page Count 13
Starting Page 99
Ending Page 111


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