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Can Cybersemiotics Solve the Paradox of Transdisciplinary Knowing?

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Humans are embodied, feeling, knowing, and culturally formed beings, participating in semiosis and language processes. They are living simultaneously in four different worlds: 1) The physic-chemical part of the natural world that also constitutes the pure material-energetic aspect of our body; 2) Our integration with a living body as the source of life, which we share with other living species; 3) Our experiential world of feeling, will, drives, affects, and thoughts, manifested as consciousness; and 4) The cultural world of language, meaning, power, and technology. Language, pragmatically conceived, connects our perception with our thinking, communication, and acting in the social world.
Unfortunately,each of the four worlds has historically developed its own type of narrative, with its own fundamentalist and reductionist verions vitiating the project of transdisciplinarity. Physicists and chemists tend to view the universe as consisting of matter, forces, and energy. Mechanistically oriented biologists extend this view into their subject area. But cybernetic- and semiotic-oriented biologists perceive living systems as the basic organizers of reality, possessing self-protecting, and self-promoting capacitites, as well as perception, instincts, and communication through signs. The social ad cultural sciences, especially the radical social constructivist ones, see the world as constructed from social, human, and linguistic interpretations. This is why energy-matter-information, life consciousness, and mening have become separated in four different worlds, which are in conflict with our everyday life world experience, where they are not in any way absolutely separated. We therefore lack a transdisciplinary, 'scientific' explanation of how these narratives are itegrated, given that, as has been broadly accepted in all four 'worlds', the 'unity of science' idea of the logical positivists has failed because it was predicated on the excessively narrow epistemological foundation of verificationism. The fallibilism of Percean pragmatism, integrated with the autopoietic system theory of Luhmann, may pave the way for an autopo-semiotic process view.

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication39th Annual Meeting of the Semiotic Society of America : Paradoxes of Life
EditorsFarouk Y. Seif
Place of PublicationSeattle, WA
PublisherSemiotic Society of America
Publication date2014
Pages29-30
StatePublished - 2014
Event - Seattle, Washington, United States

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ConferenceThe Semiotic Society of America 39th Annual Meeting
Nummer39
LocationThe Westin Seattle Hotel
LandUnited States
BySeattle, Washington
Periode02/10/201405/10/2014
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