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The Teleodynamics of Language, Culture, Technology and Science (LCT&S)
Department of Physics, University of Toronto, 60 Street George, Toronto, ON M5S 1A7, Canada
Strategic Innovation Lab OCAD University, Toronto, ON M5T 1W1, Canada
Received: 8 November 2012; in revised form: 30 January 2013 / Accepted: 2 February 2013 / Published: 7 February 2013
Abstract: Logan  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  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  (p. 325)”.
Keywords: 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.
Logan RK. The Teleodynamics of Language, Culture, Technology and Science (LCT&S). Information. 2013; 4(1):94-116.
Logan, Robert K. 2013. "The Teleodynamics of Language, Culture, Technology and Science (LCT&S)." Information 4, no. 1: 94-116.