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Entropy 2003, 5(2), 88-99; doi:10.3390/e5020088
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Information Seen as Part of the Development of Living Intelligence: the Five-Leveled Cybersemiotic Framework for FIS

Dept. of Economics and Natural Resources, Rolighedsvej 23, DK-1958 Frederiksberg C, Denmark
Received: 10 January 2003 / Accepted: 12 February 2003 / Published: 30 June 2003
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Recent Advances in Entanglement and Quantum Information Theory)
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Abstract

It is argued that a true transdisciplinary information science going from physical information to phenomenological understanding needs a metaphysical framework. Three different kinds of causality are implied: efficient, formal and final. And at least five different levels of existence are needed: 1. The quantum vacuum fields with entangled causation. 2. The physical level with is energy and force-based efficient causation. 3. The informational-chemical level with its formal causation based on pattern fitting. 4. The biological-semiotic level with its non-conscious final causation and 5. The social-linguistic level of self-consciousness with its conscious goal-oriented final causation. To integrate these consistently in an evolutionary theory as emergent levels, neither mechanical determinism nor complexity theory are sufficient because they cannot be a foundation for a theory of lived meaning. C. S. Peirce's triadic semiotic philosophy combined with a cybernetic and systemic view, like N. Luhmann's, could create the framework I call Cybersemiotics.
Keywords: Information Science; Biosemiotics; Cybersemiotics; Theory of Meaning; C. S. Peirce's Philosophy; Theory of Consciousness Information Science; Biosemiotics; Cybersemiotics; Theory of Meaning; C. S. Peirce's Philosophy; Theory of Consciousness
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