Physical and Functional Conditions for Symbols, Codes, and Languages

  title={Physical and Functional Conditions for Symbols, Codes, and Languages},
  author={Howard H. Pattee},
  • H. Pattee
  • Published 16 July 2008
  • Biology
  • Biosemiotics
All sciences have epistemic assumptions, a language for expressing their theories or models, and symbols that reference observables that can be measured. In most sciences the language in which their models are expressed are not the focus of their attention, although the choice of language is often crucial for the model. On the contrary, biosemiotics, by definition, cannot escape focusing on the symbol–matter relationship. Symbol systems first controlled material construction at the origin of… 

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