By Associate Professor Jesper Hoffmeyer (auth.), Associate Professor Jesper Hoffmeyer (eds.)
Gregory Bateson’s contribution to twentieth century considering has appealed to students from quite a lot of fields dealing in a single manner or one other with elements of communique and epistemology. a couple of his insights have been taken up and constructed additional in anthropology, psychology, evolutionary biology and communique concept. however the huge, trans-disciplinary synthesis that, in his personal brain, was once his significant contribution to technological know-how got little awareness from the mainstream medical groups.
This ebook represents an immense try to revise this deficiency. students from ecology, biochemistry, evolutionary biology, cognitive technology, anthropology and philosophy speak about how Bateson's considering may well bring about a fruitful reframing of vital difficulties in glossy technology. most crucial possibly, Bateson's bioanthropology is proven to play a key position in constructing the set of rules explored within the new box of biosemiotics. the concept organismic lifestyles is certainly essentially semiotic or communicative lies on the middle of the biosemiotic method of the learn of lifestyles.
The purely publication of its sort, this quantity presents a key source for the quickly-growing substratum of students within the biosciences, philosophy and medication who're looking a sublime new method of exploring hugely advanced systems.
"What development connects the crab to the lobster and the orchid to the primrose and all of the 4 of them to me? And me to you?"
- Gregory Bateson
from Mind and Nature
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Ed. London: Kyle Cathie. Lipset, David 1980. Gregory Bateson: The Legacy of a Scientist. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall. Paley, William 1794. View of the Evidences of Christianity. Edited, with notes and additions, by Charles Murray Nairne. New York: R. Carter, 1866. Chapter 2 From Thing to Relation. On Bateson’s Bioanthropology Jesper Hoffmeyer Abstract The rapid increase in our technological mastering of more and more intimate and everyday aspects of life has created an acute sensitivity towards the huge lacunas left over by rational knowledge and technology.
The creatural theory is probably the nearest thing Bateson ever came to formulating the ontological assumptions underlying his scientific work. Reading it again so many years later, and this time with an eye to the Peircean perspectives of his thinking I found it hard not to equate creatura more or less directly with Peircean thirdness. Creatura, like thirdness, is an anlytical tool for ordering the world’s phenomena into categories, and more concretely creatura and thirdness both encompasses the mediating, lawful and evolutionary aspects of our world.
Semiotic freedom may in fact be singled out as the only parameter that beyond any doubt has exhibited an increasing tendency throughout the evolutionary process. Semiotic freedom was introduced in Signs of Meaning in the Universe (Hoffmeyer 1996) as a measure for the depth of meaning or the degree of sophistication of communicatory or interpretative activity. Let us for illustration consider first a case of relatively low semiotic freedom: courtship display among water mites of the species Neumannia papillator.