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Information 2013, 4(1), 94-116; doi:10.3390/info4010094

The Teleodynamics of Language, Culture, Technology and Science (LCT&S)

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Department of Physics, University of Toronto, 60 Street George, Toronto, ON M5S 1A7, Canada
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Strategic Innovation Lab OCAD University, Toronto, ON M5T 1W1, Canada 
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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Logan, R.K. The Teleodynamics of Language, Culture, Technology and Science (LCT&S). Information 2013, 4, 94-116.

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