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    Theses on Biosemiotics: Prolegomena to a Theoretical Biology.Kalevi Kull, Terrence Deacon, Claus Emmeche, Jesper Hoffmeyer & Frederik Stjernfelt - 2009 - Biological Theory 4 (2):167-173.
    Theses on the semiotic study of life as presented here provide a collectively formulated set of statements on what biology needs to be focused on in order to describe life as a process based on semiosis, or sign action. An aim of the biosemiotic approach is to explain how life evolves through all varieties of forms of communication and signification (including cellular adaptive behavior, animal communication, and human intellect) and to provide tools for grounding sign theories. We introduce the concept (...)
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    The Great Chain of Semiosis. Investigating the Steps in the Evolution of Semiotic Competence.Jesper Hoffmeyer & Frederik Stjernfelt - 2016 - Biosemiotics 9 (1):7-29.
    Based on the conception of life and semiosis as co-extensive an attempt is given to classify cognitive and communicative potentials of species according to the plasticity and articulatory sophistication they exhibit. A clear distinction is drawn between semiosis and perception, where perception is seen as a high-level activity, an integrated product of a multitude of semiotic interactions inside or between bodies. Previous attempts at finding progressive trends in evolution that might justify a scaling of species from primitive to advanced levels (...)
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    The Semiome: From Genetic to Semiotic Scaffolding.Jesper Hoffmeyer - 2014 - Semiotica 2014 (198):11-31.
    Journal Name: Semiotica - Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies / Revue de l'Association Internationale de Sémiotique Volume: 2014 Issue: 198 Pages: 11-31.
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  4. A Biosemiotic Approach to the Question of Meaning.Jesper Hoffmeyer - 2010 - Zygon 45 (2):367-390.
    A sign is something that refers to something else. Signs, whether of natural or cultural origin, act by provoking a receptive system, human or nonhuman, to form an interpretant (a movement or a brain activity) that somehow relates the system to this "something else." Semiotics sees meaning as connected to the formation of interpretants. In a biosemiotic understanding living systems are basically engaged in semiotic interactions, that is, interpretative processes, and organic evolution exhibits an inherent tendency toward an increase in (...)
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    The Semiotic Body.Jesper Hoffmeyer - 2008 - Biosemiotics 1 (2):169-190.
    Most bodies in this world do not have brains and the minority of animal species that do have brained bodies are descendents from species with more distributed or decentralized nervous systems. Thus, bodies were here first, and only relatively late in evolution did the bodies of a few species grow supplementary organs, brains, sophisticated enough to support a psychological life. Psychological life therefore from the beginning was embedded in and served as a tool for corporeal life. This paper discusses the (...)
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    Introduction: Semiotic Scaffolding.Jesper Hoffmeyer - 2015 - Biosemiotics 8 (2):153-158.
    Introduction: Semiotic ScaffoldingA central idea in biosemiotic writings has been the idea of growth in semiotic freedom as a persistent trend in evolution . By semiotic freedom we mean the capacity of species or organisms to derive useful information by help of semiosis or, in other words, by processes of interpretation in the widest sense of this term. While even bacteria have a certain very limited ability to interpret cues in the medium this ability obviously becomes more developed in more (...)
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  7. Some Semiotic Aspects of the Psycho-Physical Relation: The Endo-Exosemiotic Boundary.Jesper Hoffmeyer - forthcoming - Biosemiotics: The Semiotic Web.
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    Knowledge Is Never Just There.Jesper Hoffmeyer - 2018 - Biosemiotics 11 (1):1-5.
    The belief in a world governed by natural law has meant that our ideas of good thinking have increasingly turned toward formalizable schemes, suitable to support ideas of consistency, accuracy, and disembodied clarity. The idea that thinking might be a bodily thing hasn't been much appreciated among philosophers of this tradition. Yet, we shall pursue this line of thought in this paper. It is suggested that knowledge is not something we have but something created in the very moment of use. (...)
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  9. Semiotic Freedom: An Emerging Force.Jesper Hoffmeyer - 2010 - In P. C. W. Davies & Niels Henrik Gregersen (eds.), Information and the Nature of Reality: From Physics to Metaphysics. Cambridge University Press. pp. 185--204.
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    Semiotic Scaffolding of Multicellularity.Jesper Hoffmeyer - 2015 - Biosemiotics 8 (2):159-171.
    The threshold from unicellularity to multicellularity has been crossed only in three major living domains in evolution with any lasting success. The hard problem was to create a multicellular self. Such a self is vulnerable to breakdown due to the unavoidable appearance of mutant anarchistic cells, and stringent semiotic scaffoldings had to emerge to prevent this. While a unicellular self may go on to live practically forever, the multicellular self most often must run through an individuation process ending in the (...)
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    “Biology Is Immature Biosemiotics”.Jesper Hoffmeyer - 2008 - Semiotics:927-942.
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    Uexküllian Planmässigkeit.Jesper Hoffmeyer - 2004 - Sign Systems Studies 32 (1-2):73-95.
    In strict opposition to the prevailing positivist conception of nature as senseless and deprived of meaning Jakob von Uexküll claimed that a certain planmässigkeit was operative in nature. This idea however might be taken to mean that organic evolution is not itself a creative process but a gradual, if majestic, unfolding of Nature's own master plan. Such an idea would threaten to restore determinism in the center of biological theory, and this would seriously contradict the vision of biosemiotics shared by (...)
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    Baldwin and Biosemiotics: What Intelligence is For.Jesper Hoffmeyer & Kalevi Kull - 2003 - In Bruce H. Weber & David J. Depew (eds.), Evolution and Learning: The Baldwin Effect Reconsidered. MIT Press. pp. 253--272.
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    The Central Dogma: A Joke That Became Real.Jesper Hoffmeyer - 2002 - Semiotica 2002 (138):1-13.
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  15. The Biology of Signification.Jesper Hoffmeyer - 2000 - Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 43 (2):252-268.
  16. Biosemiotica. Berlin & New York: Mouton de Gruyter.Thomas A. Sebeok, Jesper Hoffmeyer & Claus Emmeche - 1999 - Semiotica 127 (1-4).
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    «Плановость» юкскюлла. Резюме.Jesper Hoffmeyer - 2004 - Sign Systems Studies 32 (1-2):96-96.
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    Seeing Virtuality in Nature.Jesper Hoffmeyer - 2001 - Semiotica 2001 (134).
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    Order Out of Indeterminacy.Jesper Hoffmeyer - 1999 - Semiotica 127 (1-4):321-344.
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    Thure von Uexküll 1908–2004.Kalevi Kull & Jesper Hoffmeyer - 2005 - Sign Systems Studies 33 (2):487-494.
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    Semiosis and Biohistory: A Reply.Jesper Hoffmeyer - 1998 - Semiotica 120 (3-4):455-482.
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    Relations: The True Substrate for Evolution.Jesper Hoffmeyer - 2010 - Semiotica 2010 (178):81-103.
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  23. Obituary: Thure von Uexküll 1908–2004.Kalevi Kull & Jesper Hoffmeyer - 2005 - Sign Systems Studies 2:487-494.
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    Editors' Comment.Claus Emmeche, Jesper Hoffmeyer & Kalevi Kull - 2002 - Sign Systems Studies 30 (1):11-13.
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  25. Obituary: Thomas A. Sebeok.Jesper Hoffmeyer - 2002 - Σημιοτκή-Sign Systems Studies 1:384-386.
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    Uexkülli 'plaanipärasus'. Kokkuvõte.Jesper Hoffmeyer - 2004 - Sign Systems Studies 32 (1-2):96-97.
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    S/E ≥ 1.Jesper Hoffmeyer - 2001 - Sign Systems Studies 29 (1):277-290.
    Natural (non-cultivated) systems are nmed to economize their use of energy as much as possible, and thereby to produce minimal amounts of entropy. It is suggested that this has been obtained by optimizing the evolutionary creation of semiotic controls on all processes of life. As long as biological (ultimately photosynthetic) energy sources satisfied most human needs for energy consumption, these biosemiotic controls remained largely undisturbed, with the result that production systems remained sustainable. The industrial revolution instantiated a ruphure of this (...)
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    Obituary.Jesper Hoffmeyer - 2002 - Sign Systems Studies 30 (1):383-386.
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