Entropy 2010, 12(4), 631-705; doi:10.3390/e12040631
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The Antithesis of Entropy: Biosemiotic Communication from Genetics to Human Language with Special Emphasis on the Immune Systems

Department of Communicative Disorders, PO Box 43170, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, Louisiana70504-3170, USA
Received: 12 January 2010; in revised form: 9 March 2010 / Accepted: 24 March 2010 / Published: 31 March 2010
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Abstract: Entropy can be defined as the antithesis of well-formed true reports that agree with each other and with the material facts accessible through the experience of one or more competent observers. The abstract convergence (strictly formal, logical agreement) of true narrative representations (TNRs)—ordinary valid reports of facts of experience—makes them formally more complete than fictions, errors, lies, and nonsense. A limit of absolute entropy is theoretically reached if all resemblance to a TNR is lost. As argued here, TNRs—formally defined along the lines of Peirce's exact logic—provide the necessary foundation for functional human languages and for biosemiotic systems. The theoretical concepts of pragmatic mapping—the fitting of a TNR to whatever facts it represents—and the constructive cycle of abstraction that enables a child to discover the systems underlying such mappings are introduced and illustrated from child development and then shown to apply to the human neuroarchitecture, genetics, fetal development, and our immune systems. It is also argued that biological disorders and disease conditions logically must involve corrupted (damaged, undeveloped, or otherwise incomplete) representations at one or many levels.
Keywords: abstractive cycle; biosemiotics; brain architecture; embryological development; immune systems; information theory; language acquisition; learning to read; human neuroarchitecture; pragmatic mapping; self-consciousness; sign hierarchy; systems grammar; theory of abstraction; true narrative representations

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Oller, J.W., Jr. The Antithesis of Entropy: Biosemiotic Communication from Genetics to Human Language with Special Emphasis on the Immune Systems. Entropy 2010, 12, 631-705.

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Oller JW, Jr. The Antithesis of Entropy: Biosemiotic Communication from Genetics to Human Language with Special Emphasis on the Immune Systems. Entropy. 2010; 12(4):631-705.

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Oller, John W., Jr. 2010. "The Antithesis of Entropy: Biosemiotic Communication from Genetics to Human Language with Special Emphasis on the Immune Systems." Entropy 12, no. 4: 631-705.

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