Special Issue "Cybersemiotics—Integration of the informational and semiotic paradigms of cognition and communication"
A special issue of Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2009).
Prof. Dr. Søren Brier
Department of International Studies of Culture and Communication, CBS, Dalgas Have 15, DK-2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark
A common view among information theorists is that information - integrated with entropy in some way - is a basic structure of the world. Computation is the process of the dynamic change of information. In order for anything to exist for an individual, she must get information on it by means of perception or by re-organization of the existing information into new patterns. This cybernetic-computational-informational view is based on a universal and un-embodied conception of information and computation, which is the deep foundation of “the information processing paradigm”, which is vital for most versions of cognitive science and its latest developments into brain function and linguistic research. Taken to its full metaphysical scope this paradigm views the universe as a computer, humans as dynamic systems producing and guided by a computationally functioning brain and sees language as a sort of culturally developed program for social information processing. What seems to be lacking is knowledge of the nature and role of embodied first person experience, qualia, meaning and signification in the evolution and development of cognition and language communication among self-conscious social beings and formed by the grammatical structure and dynamics of language and mentality. For this we need to enlarge the picture by for instance superimposing and integrating an even broader foundation such as Charles Sanders Peirce’s pragmatic semiotics in its modern development as a biosemiotics. Here the sign as triadic semeiosis is the central process of reality. In Cybersemiotics: Why Information is not enough, Toronto University Press, 2008, Søren Brier offers probably the first attempt to integrate information science and semiotics under the heading Cybersemiotics. We look for you critical and constructive contribution in this area.
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Brier, S. (2003/2002): “Luhmann Semiotized” p. 13 -23 J. of Sociocybernetics 2003/2002 3 (2) http://www.unizar.es/sociocybernetics/Journal/JoS3-2.pdf
Brier, S. (2003): “Information seen as part of the development of living intelligence: the five leveled Cybersemiotic framework for FIS”. Entropy: 2003, 5, 88-99. http://www.mdpi.org/entropy/papers/e5020088.pdf
Brier, S. (2003): “The Cybersemiotic model of communication: An evolutionary view on the threshold between semiosis and informational exchange.” TripleC 1(1): 71-94.
Brier, S (2004) Cybersemiotics and the problems of the information-processing paradigm as a candidate for a unified science of information behind library information science, Library Trends Wntr, 2004 , http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1387/is_3_52/ai_n6080408
Brier, S. (2006): “The foundation of LIS in information science and semiotics”, Libreas: Library Ideas 1 http://www.ib.hu-berlin.de/~libreas/libreas_neu/ausgabe4/pdf/001bri.pdf
Brier, S. (2008) Cybersemiotics: Why Information is Not Enough, Toronto University Press, 2008. Google book: http://books.google.dk/books?id=Ueiv9cRR9OQC&pg=PP1&dq=Cybersemiotics:+Why+information+is+not+enough#v=onepage&q=&f=false
Brier, S. (2008b): “A Paradigm for Biosemiotics”, Signs 2008, pp. 30-81.
Brier, S. (2008). A Peircean Panentheist Scientific Mysticism. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies; vol. 27, p. 20-45 http://www.transpersonalstudies.org/ImagesRepository/ijts/Downloads/A%20Peircean%20Panentheist%20Scientific%20Mysticism.pdf
- informatics and computational philosophy
- signification and biosemiotics
- C.S. Peirce's semiotic philosophy
- semiotic machines
- new transdisciplinary frames of cognition and communication