How Is Meaning Grounded in the Organism?

Biosemiotics 3 (2):131-146 (2010)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
In this paper we address the interrelated questions of why and how certain features of an organism’s environment become meaningful to it. We make the case that knowing the biology is essential to understanding the foundation of meaning-making in organisms. We employ Miguel Nicolelis et al’s seminal research on the mammalian somatosensory system to enrich our own concept of brain-objects as the neurobiological intermediary between the environment and the consequent organismic behavior. In the final section, we explain how brain-objects advance the ongoing discussion of what constitutes a biosemiotic system. In general, this paper acknowledges Marcello Barbieri’s call for biology to make room for meaning, and makes a contribution to that end
PhilPapers/Archive ID
SWAHIM
Revision history
Archival date: 2016-09-25
View upload history
References found in this work BETA
Biosymbols: Symbols in Life and Mind. [REVIEW]Swan, Liz Stillwaggon & Goldberg, Louis J.

View all 7 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
A Biosemiotic Analysis of Braille.Goldberg, Louis J. & Swan, Liz Stillwaggon
Introduction: Mentis Naturalis. [REVIEW]Swan, Liz Stillwaggon & Goldberg, Louis J.
The Codes of Recognition.Goldberg, Louis J. & Rosenblum, Leonard A.

View all 7 citations / Add more citations

Added to PP index
2013-11-01

Total views
149 ( #24,119 of 46,142 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
18 ( #36,159 of 46,142 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks to external links.