Re: [xmca] Biosemiotics

From: Paul Dillon <phd_crit_think who-is-at yahoo.com>
Date: Tue Nov 20 2007 - 11:22:41 PST

Phil,
   
  This is really fascinating given that many pre-agricultural cutures, e.g. lowland Amazonian, believe that plants "communicate" and it forms the component of many of their knowledge systems, especialy with respect to medicinal uses of plants. I'm definitely passing this along to my colleagues.
   
  Paul

Phil Chappell <philchappell@mac.com> wrote:
  Hi All,

Just wondering whether anyone here is familiar with the concept of
animals, plants and single cells engaging in semiosis - see book
announcement below.

Cheers,

Phil

Title: Introduction to Biosemiotics
Subtitle: The New Biological Synthesis
Published: 2007
Publisher: Springer
http://www.springer.com

Book URL: http://www.springer.com/978-1-4020-4813-5

Editor: Marcello Barbieri
Hardback: ISBN: 9781402048135 Pages: 530 Price: U.K. 107.50
Abstract:

This book is addressed to students, researchers and academics who have
barely heard of the emerging young science of Biosemiotics, and who
want to
know more about it. Written by many of the field's major
contributors, it
provides a highly qualified introduction to Biosemiotics and illustrates
the most recent views in its background and development.

Combining research approaches from biology, philosophy and
linguistics, the
field of Biosemiotics proposes that animals, plants and single cells all
engage in semiosis - the conversion of objective signals into
conventional
signs. This has important implications and applications for issues
ranging
from natural selection to animal behavior and human psychology, leaving
biosemiotics at the cutting edge of the research on the fundamentals of
life.

Drawing on an international expertise, the book details the history and
study of biosemiotics, and provides a state-of-the-art summary of the
current work in this new field. And, with relevance to a wide range of
disciplines - from linguistics and semiotics to evolutionary
phenomena and
the philosophy of biology - the book provides an important text for both
students and established researchers, while marking a vital step in the
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