From design to self-organization, or: A proper structure for a proper function [Book Review]

Axiomathes 15 (4):575-597 (2005)
It is suggested that Charles Sanders Peirce's triadic semiotics provides a framework for a diagrammatic representation of a sign's proper structure. The action of signs is described at the logical and psychological levels. The role of (unconscious) abductive inference is analyzed, and a diagram of reasoning is offered. A series of interpretants transform brute facts into interpretable signs thereby providing human experience with value or meaning. The triadic structure helps in de-mystifying the relations between Penrose's three worlds when the latter are considered as constituting a semiotic triangle.
Keywords abduction  Peirce  Penrose's three worlds  process ontology  semiotic reality  the diagrammatic reasoning  the complex plane
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DOI 10.1007/s10516-005-2780-6
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