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Information 2013, 4(1), 94-116; doi:10.3390/info4010094
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The Teleodynamics of Language, Culture, Technology and Science (LCT&S)

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Received: 8 November 2012 / Revised: 30 January 2013 / Accepted: 2 February 2013 / Published: 7 February 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Information: Its Different Modes and Its Relation to Meaning)
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Abstract

Logan [1] in his book The Extended Mind developed the hypothesis that language, culture, technology and science can be treated as organisms that evolve and reproduce themselves. This idea is extended by making use of the notion of teleodynamics that Deacon [2] introduced and developed in his book Incomplete Nature to explain the nature of life, sentience, mind and a self that acts in its own interest. It is suggested that language, culture, technology and science (LCT&S) like living organisms also act in their own self-interest, are self-correcting and are to a certain degree autonomous even though they are obligate symbionts with their human hosts. Specifically, it will be argued that LCT&S are essentially teleodynamic systems, which Deacon defines as “self-creating, self-maintaining, self-reproducing, individuated systems [2] (p. 325)”.
Keywords: language; culture; technology; science; teleodynamics; morphodynamics; thermodynamics; organism; obligate symbiont language; culture; technology; science; teleodynamics; morphodynamics; thermodynamics; organism; obligate symbiont
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