Special Issue "Biosemiotic Entropy: Disorder, Disease, and Mortality"

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A special issue of Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2012)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. John W. Oller, Jr.
Department of Communicative Disorders, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, P. O. Box 43170, Lafayette, LA 70504-3170, USA
Website: http://www.ucs.louisiana.edu/%7Ejxo1721/index.html
E-Mail: joller@louisiana.edu
Interests: biosemiotics; etiology of communication disorders; measurement of human abilities and severity of disabilities; intelligence theory; pragmatic information; pragmatic mapping theory; systems grammar

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The simplest and most informative linguistic messages are the kind found in ordinary true narratives. Such valid messages ― laden with pragmatic information ― provide the limiting antithesis of biosemiotic entropy. Generalizing from linguistic to biological systems, and taking account of some of the countless ways any complex arrangement of symbols can be rendered senseless, the thesis to be explored in this special issue is that the corruption of biological messages from genetics upward to epigenetics, proteins, cells, tissues, and the organs of viable organisms ― which can be described as biosemiotic entropy ― is, unsurprisingly, the proximate cause of disorders, diseases, and mortality. We invite contributions ― pro, con, or offering any plausible alternative ― to the idea that corrupted biological messages account for (but, of course, are not limited to) anaphylaxis, preeclampsia, sudden death syndrome, immune disorders, autism, and so forth. Empirical and theoretical articles are invited exploring pathways by which toxins, disease agents, and their interactions, and/or injuries from microwave, electromagnetic, radiological, or other energy sources can be shown to increase biosemiotic entropy. Empirically grounded arguments showing how cascading series of effects lead to certain injuries, diseases, and/or known disorders are preferred.

Prof. Dr. John W. Oller, Jr.
Guest Editor

Keywords

  • abstraction theory
  • autism
  • biosemiotic entropy
  • immune disorders
  • mortality theory
  • pragmatic mapping
  • pragmatic information
  • preeclampsia
  • theoretical linguistics
  • theory of true narratives

Published Papers (12 papers)

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Entropy 2014, 16(7), 4060-4087; doi:10.3390/e16074060
Received: 21 October 2013; in revised form: 9 June 2014 / Accepted: 1 July 2014 / Published: 18 July 2014
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Entropy 2013, 15(11), 4748-4781; doi:10.3390/e15114748
Received: 2 August 2013; in revised form: 9 October 2013 / Accepted: 10 October 2013 / Published: 4 November 2013
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Entropy 2013, 15(5), 1929-1962; doi:10.3390/e15051929
Received: 22 February 2013; in revised form: 2 May 2013 / Accepted: 10 May 2013 / Published: 22 May 2013
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Entropy 2013, 15(4), 1416-1463; doi:10.3390/e15041416
Received: 15 January 2013; in revised form: 10 April 2013 / Accepted: 10 April 2013 / Published: 18 April 2013
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Entropy 2013, 15(1), 372-406; doi:10.3390/e15010372
Received: 8 October 2012; in revised form: 14 January 2013 / Accepted: 15 January 2013 / Published: 22 January 2013
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Entropy 2013, 15(1), 234-261; doi:10.3390/e15010234
Received: 1 November 2012; in revised form: 30 December 2012 / Accepted: 11 January 2013 / Published: 16 January 2013
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Entropy 2012, 14(12), 2492-2530; doi:10.3390/e14122492
Received: 8 October 2012; in revised form: 28 November 2012 / Accepted: 4 December 2012 / Published: 7 December 2012
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Entropy 2012, 14(11), 2265-2290; doi:10.3390/e14112265
Received: 12 September 2012; in revised form: 21 October 2012 / Accepted: 6 November 2012 / Published: 8 November 2012
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Entropy 2012, 14(11), 2227-2253; doi:10.3390/e14112227
Received: 24 September 2012; in revised form: 16 October 2012 / Accepted: 5 November 2012 / Published: 7 November 2012
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Entropy 2012, 14(11), 2036-2065; doi:10.3390/e14112036
Received: 13 September 2012; in revised form: 18 October 2012 / Accepted: 19 October 2012 / Published: 25 October 2012
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Entropy 2012, 14(10), 1953-1977; doi:10.3390/e14101953
Received: 28 September 2012; in revised form: 16 October 2012 / Accepted: 16 October 2012 / Published: 18 October 2012
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Entropy 2012, 14(8), 1399-1442; doi:10.3390/e14081399
Received: 29 June 2012; in revised form: 19 July 2012 / Accepted: 20 July 2012 / Published: 2 August 2012
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.


Last update: 25 February 2014

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