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Towards A Semiotic Biology: Life Is The Action Of Signs (Hardcover): Kalevi Kull, Claus Emmeche Towards A Semiotic Biology: Life Is The Action Of Signs (Hardcover)
Kalevi Kull, Claus Emmeche
R2,634 R2,454 Discovery Miles 24 540 Save R180 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book presents programmatic texts on biosemiotics, written collectively by world leading scholars in the field (Deacon, Emmeche, Favareau, Hoffmeyer, Kull, Markos, Pattee, Stjernfelt). In addition, the book includes chapters which focus closely on semiotic case studies (Bruni, Kotov, Maran, Neuman, Turovski). According to the central thesis of biosemiotics, sign processes characterise all living systems and the very nature of life, and their diverse phenomena can be best explained via the dynamics and typology of sign relations. The authors are therefore presenting a deeper view on biological evolution, intentionality of organisms, the role of communication in the living world and the nature of sign systems -- all topics which are described in this volume. This has important consequences on the methodology and epistemology of biology and study of life phenomena in general, which the authors aim to help the reader better understand.

Mapping Frontier Research in the Humanities (Paperback): Claus Emmeche, David Budtz Pedersen, Frederik Stjernfelt Mapping Frontier Research in the Humanities (Paperback)
Claus Emmeche, David Budtz Pedersen, Frederik Stjernfelt
R954 Discovery Miles 9 540 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Knowledge production in academia today is burgeoning and increasingly interdisciplinary in nature. Research within the humanities is no exception: it is distributed across a variety of methodic styles of research and increasingly involves interactions with fields outside the narrow confines of the university. As a result, the notion of liberal arts and humanities within Western universities is undergoing profound transformations. In Mapping Frontier Research in the Humanities, the contributors explore this transformative process. What are the implications, both for the modes of research and for the organisation of the humanities and higher education? The volume explores the intra- and extra-academic engagement of humanities researchers, their styles of research, and exemplifies their interdisciplinary character. The humanities are shaping debates about culture and identity, but how? Has neuroscience changed the humanities? What do they tell us about 'hypes' and economic 'bubbles'? What is their international agenda? Drawing on a number of case studies from the humanities, the perceived divide between classical and 'post-academic' modes of research can be captured by a republican theory of the humanities. Avoiding simple mechanical metrics, the contributors suggest a heuristic appreciation of different types of impact and styles of research. From this perspective, a more composite picture of research on human culture, language and history emerges. It goes beyond "rational agents", and situates humanities research in more complex landscapes of collective identities, networks, and constraints that open for new forms of intellectual leadership in the 21st century.

The Garden in the Machine - The Emerging Science of Artificial Life (Paperback, Revised): Claus Emmeche The Garden in the Machine - The Emerging Science of Artificial Life (Paperback, Revised)
Claus Emmeche; Translated by Steven Sampson
R813 R632 Discovery Miles 6 320 Save R181 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

What is life? Is it just the biologically familiar--birds, trees, snails, people--or is it an infinitely complex set of patterns that a computer could simulate? What role does intelligence play in separating the organic from the inorganic, the living from the inert? Does life evolve along a predestined path, or does it suddenly emerge from what appeared lifeless and programmatic?

In this easily accessible and wide-ranging survey, Claus Emmeche outlines many of the challenges and controversies involved in the dynamic and curious science of artificial life. Emmeche describes the work being done by an international network of biologists, computer scientists, and physicists who are using computers to study life as it could be, or as it might evolve under conditions different from those on earth.

Many artificial-life researchers believe that they can create new life in the computer by simulating the processes observed in traditional, biological life-forms. The flight of a flock of birds, for example, can be reproduced faithfully and in all its complexity by a relatively simple computer program that is designed to generate electronic "boids." Are these "boids" then alive? The central problem, Emmeche notes, lies in defining the salient differences between biological life and computer simulations of its processes. And yet, if we can breathe life into a computer, what might this mean for our other assumptions about what it means to be alive?

"The Garden in the Machine" touches on every aspect of this complex and rapidly developing discipline, including its connections to artificial intelligence, chaos theory, computational theory, and studies of emergence. Drawing on the most current work in the field, this book is a major overview of artificial life. Professionals and nonscientists alike will find it an invaluable guide to concepts and technologies that may forever change our definition of life.

Downward Causation - Minds, Bodies & Matter (Hardcover): Peter Bogh Andersen, Claus Emmeche, Niels Ole Finnemann, Peder... Downward Causation - Minds, Bodies & Matter (Hardcover)
Peter Bogh Andersen, Claus Emmeche, Niels Ole Finnemann, Peder Voetmann Christiansen
R654 Discovery Miles 6 540 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Downward causation is found in two-level and multi-level systems with complex behaviour generated by many components interacting in a simple or complex way. The term was coined by the social psychologist and philosopher Donald T. Campbell, who asked the question: If many small-scale interactions can create emergent large-scale patterns, can large-scale patterns re-influence the small-scale interactions that generated them? This has led to many further questions, among them: Does the cell as a system reorganise the biochemical processes inside it in a new way? Do psychosomatic illnesses exist? Can life change biochemical laws? Can mind change the body? The chapters in this comprehensive book address these questions from the viewpoints of different disciplines. Part 1 contains a classification of positions regarding 'downward causation', Part 2 covers physics, Part 3 covers biology and psychology, Part 4 covers social and communicative systems, and Part 5 covers general philosophy.

Mapping Frontier Research in the Humanities (Hardcover): Claus Emmeche, David Budtz Pedersen, Frederik Stjernfelt Mapping Frontier Research in the Humanities (Hardcover)
Claus Emmeche, David Budtz Pedersen, Frederik Stjernfelt; Series edited by Camilla Erskine, Jon Nixon, …
R2,494 Discovery Miles 24 940 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Knowledge production in academia today is burgeoning and increasingly interdisciplinary in nature. Research within the humanities is no exception: it is distributed across a variety of methodic styles of research and increasingly involves interactions with fields outside the narrow confines of the university. As a result, the notion of liberal arts and humanities within Western universities is undergoing profound transformations. In Mapping Frontier Research in the Humanities, the contributors explore this transformative process. What are the implications, both for the modes of research and for the organisation of the humanities and higher education? The volume explores the intra- and extra-academic engagement of humanities researchers, their styles of research, and exemplifies their interdisciplinary character. The humanities are shaping debates about culture and identity, but how? Has neuroscience changed the humanities? What do they tell us about 'hypes' and economic 'bubbles'? What is their international agenda? Drawing on a number of case studies from the humanities, the perceived divide between classical and 'post-academic' modes of research can be captured by a republican theory of the humanities. Avoiding simple mechanical metrics, the contributors suggest a heuristic appreciation of different types of impact and styles of research. From this perspective, a more composite picture of research on human culture, language and history emerges. It goes beyond "rational agents", and situates humanities research in more complex landscapes of collective identities, networks, and constraints that open for new forms of intellectual leadership in the 21st century.

Fos: Liquid Chain Into the Vapor Wall - The Fall (Paperback): Fos Fos: Liquid Chain Into the Vapor Wall - The Fall (Paperback)
Fos; Edited by Pernille Albrethsen; Text written by Cecilie Hogsboro; Contributions by Claus Heinberg, Claus Emmeche, …
R917 R714 Discovery Miles 7 140 Save R203 (22%) Out of stock

This artist's book is based on the concept of "social design" developed by the artist FOS (alias Thomas Poulsen) since 1999. It is an environmental tool that can be used to examine the character and potential of the physical space of contemporary exhibitions and more permanent redesigns of public space.

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