A correction was published on 2 March 2010, see Entropy 2010, 12(3), 326.
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Entropy 2010, 12(2), 164-196; doi:10.3390/e12020164
Received: 21 December 2009; in revised form: 26 January 2010 / Accepted: 28 January 2010 / Published: 3 February 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cybersemiotics—Integration of the informational and semiotic paradigms of cognition and communication)
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Abstract: In an early paper on logic, C.S. Peirce defined a concept of ‘information’ very different from the later conceptions which gave rise to ‘information science’, and indirectly to current problems such as an overload of ‘useless information’. A study of further developments in Peircean semiotics, and in related conceptual frameworks including the cybernetics of Bateson and the cybersemiotics of Brier, reveals deep relations between Peirce's concept of information and the irreducibly triadic nature of signs. Since all sciences, indeed all cognition and communication, are semiotic processes, the core semiotic principle implicit in the Peircean concept may clarify how our uses of language and other symbolic media can actually inform–and thus transform–the way we humans inhabit the biosphere.
Keywords: cybersemiotics; pragmatism; Peirce; Bateson; information; meaning; logic; semiotics; dynamic systems; self-organization; autopoiesis; consciousness; cybernetics; ecology; Umwelt; Innenwelt
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