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Author Swan, Liz Stillwaggon ♦ Goldberg, Louis J.
Source SpringerLink
Content type Text
Publisher Springer Netherlands
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2010
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Natural sciences & mathematics ♦ Life sciences; biology
Subject Keyword Meaning ♦ Brain-object ♦ Nicolelis ♦ Somatosensory system ♦ Computing Methodologies ♦ Psychology ♦ Philosophy of Science ♦ Linguistics (general) ♦ Evolutionary Biology
Abstract In this paper we address the interrelated questions of why and how certain features of an organism’s environment become meaningful to it. We make the case that knowing the biology is essential to understanding the foundation of meaning-making in organisms. We employ Miguel Nicolelis et al’s seminal research on the mammalian somatosensory system to enrich our own concept of brain-objects as the neurobiological intermediary between the environment and the consequent organismic behavior. In the final section, we explain how brain-objects advance the ongoing discussion of what constitutes a biosemiotic system. In general, this paper acknowledges Marcello Barbieri’s call for biology to make room for meaning, and makes a contribution to that end.
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 2010-04-14
Publisher Place Dordrecht
e-ISSN 18751350
Journal Biosemiotics
Volume Number 3
Issue Number 2
Page Count 16
Starting Page 131
Ending Page 146


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