Publication 4503

Pattee H. H. & Kull K. (2009) A biosemiotic conversation: Between physics and semiotics. Sign Systems Studies 37(1/2): 311–331. Fulltext at https://cepa.info/4503
In this dialogue, we discuss the contrast between inexorable physical laws and the semiotic freedom of life. We agree that material and symbolic structures require complementary descriptions, as do the many hierarchical levels of their organizations. We try to clarify our concepts of laws, constraints, rules, symbols, memory, interpreters, and semiotic control. We briefly describe our different personal backgrounds that led us to a biosemiotic approach, and we speculate on the future directions of biosemiotics.

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