The Garden in the Machine

The Emerging Science of Artificial Life

Author: Claus Emmeche

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691029030

Category: Science

Page: 214

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What is life? Is it just the biologically familiar--birds, trees, snails, people--or is it an infinitely complex of patterns that a computer could simulate? Emmeche outlines many of the challenges and controversies involved in the dynamic and curious science of artifical life, touching on every aspect of this complex and rapidly developing discipline. 1 halftone. 25 figs.
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Towards a Semiotic Biology

Life is the Action of Signs

Author: Claus Emmeche,Kalevi Kull

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 1908977817

Category: Science

Page: 316

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This book presents programmatic texts on biosemiotics, written collectively by world leading scholars in the field (Deacon, Emmeche, Favareau, Hoffmeyer, Kull, Markoš, Pattee, Stjernfelt). In addition, the book includes chapters which focus closely on semiotic case studies (Bruni, Kotov, Maran, Neuman, Turovski). According to the central thesis of biosemiotics, sign processes characterise all living systems and the very nature of life, and their diverse phenomena can be best explained via the dynamics and typology of sign relations. The authors are therefore presenting a deeper view on biological evolution, intentionality of organisms, the role of communication in the living world and the nature of sign systems — all topics which are described in this volume. This has important consequences on the methodology and epistemology of biology and study of life phenomena in general, which the authors aim to help the reader better understand. Contents:Why Biosemiotics? An Introduction to Our View on the Biology of Life Itself (Kalevi Kull, Claus Emmeche & Jesper Hoffmeyer)Biosemiotic Approach: General Principles:Theses on Biosemiotics: Prolegomena to a Theoretical Biology (Kalevi Kull, Terrence Deacon, Claus Emmeche, Jesper Hoffmeyer & Frederik Stjernfelt)Biology is Immature Biosemiotics (Jesper Hoffmeyer)Biosemiotic Research Questions (Kalevi Kull, Claus Emmeche & Donald Favareau)Organism and Body: The Semiotics of Emergent Levels of Life (Claus Emmeche)Life is Many, and Sign is Essentially Plural: On the Methodology of Biosemiotics (Kalevi Kull)Applications:The Need for Impression in the Semiotics of Animal Freedom: A Zoologist's Attempt to Perceive the Semiotic Aim of H Hediger (Aleksei Turovski)The Multitrophic Plant-Herbivore-Parasitoid-Pathogen System: A Biosemiotic Perspective (Luis Emilio Bruni)Structure and Semiosis in Biological Mimicry (Timo Maran)Semiosphere is the Relational Biosphere (Kaie Kotov & Kalevi Kull)Why Do We Need Signs in Biology? (Yair Neuman)Conversations:Between Physics and Semiotics (Howard H Pattee & Kalevi Kull)A Roundtable on (Mis)Understanding of Biosemiotics (Claus Emmeche, Jesper Hoffmeyer, Kalevi Kull, Anton Markoš, Frederik Stjernfelt & Donald Favareau)Theories of Signs and Meaning: Views from Copenhagen and Tartu (Jesper Hoffmeyer & Kalevi Kull) Readership: Semioticians, biologists and those interested in the philosophy of science. Keywords:Biosemiotics;Theoretical Biology;Semiosis;Biocommunication;Semiotics;Philosophy of Biology;EthologyKey Features:This is a unique collection of the major recent contributions by the leading scientists in the field of biosemioticsThis volume will for the first time present a collective view of the group of scholars who have built the current understanding of biosemiotics (i.e. the community of researchers emanating from the major biosemiotic centers of Copenhagen and Tartu into other places worldwide)
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The Monumental Impulse

Architecture's Biological Roots

Author: George L. Hersey

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262582032

Category: Architecture

Page: 244

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A highly original view of the relationship between architecture and the biological sciences.
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Advances in Artificial Life

Third European Conference on Artificial Life, Granada, Spain, June 4 - 6, 1995 Proceedings

Author: European Conference on Artificial Life

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783540594963

Category: Computers

Page: 960

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This volume contains 71 revised refereed papers, including seven invited surveys, presented during the Third European Conference on Artificial Life, ECAL '95, held in Granada, Spain in June 1995. Originally AL was concerned with applying biologically inspired solutions to technology and with examining computational expertise in order to reproduce and understand life processes. Despite its short history, AL now is becoming a mature scientific field. The volume reports the state of the art in this exciting area of research; there are sections on foundations and epistemology, origins of life and evolution, adaptive and cognitive systems, artificial worlds, robotics and emulation of animal behavior, societies and collective behavior, biocomputing, and applications and common tools.
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Insider's guide to book editors, publishers, and literary agents, 1995-1996

Author: Jeff Herman

Publisher: Prima Lifestyles

ISBN: 9781559585453

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 612

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No other book gives aspiring authors the inside scoop on the names and interest areas of acquisition editors. This vital information makes all the difference when submitting a book proposal. Fully revised to keep on top of the rapidly changing publishing world, this guide includes information on the book acquisition process, literary agents, submission, ghost writing, and more.
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The cyborg handbook

Author: Chris Hables Gray,Steven Mentor,Heidi Figueroa-Sarriera

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Computers

Page: 540

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The Cyborg Handbook is an initial look at cyborg society and at the range of cyborg technologies, from the restorative and normalizing to the reconfiguring and enhancing. These technologies can restore some to health and they can prolong horrible deaths, but they can also remake humans into more effective killers. Cyborgs, good, bad, and indifferent, are with us.
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