Volume 15 · Number 2 · Pages 144–147
From Code Biology to Cybersemiotics: Levels of Semiosis

Carlos Vidales

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Open peer commentary on the article “A Critique of Barbieri’s Code Biology” by Alexander V. Kravchenko. Abstract: Kravchenko suggests that to understand the nature and function of language one must approach it as species-specific semiotic activity that has a biological function. However, this approach reduces the semiotic nature of living systems to the language characteristic of the Homo sapiens and it remains unclear how to move from the biological domain to the social and cognitive semiotic domains. I suggest exploring the possibilities of the cybersemiotic theoretical framework, which could provide an alternative in explaining language in terms of levels of semiosis, and conclude with a call for more research into the emergence of semiosis at various levels and into the role of communication.

Handling Editor: Alexander Riegler


Vidales C. (2020) From code biology to cybersemiotics: Levels of semiosis. Constructivist Foundations 15(2): 144–147. https://constructivist.info/15/2/144

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