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Liz Swan
University of Colorado, Boulder
  1. How Is Meaning Grounded in the Organism?Liz Stillwaggon Swan & Louis J. Goldberg - 2010 - Biosemiotics 3 (2):131-146.
    In this paper we address the interrelated questions of why and how certain features of an organism’s environment become meaningful to it. We make the case that knowing the biology is essential to understanding the foundation of meaning-making in organisms. We employ Miguel Nicolelis et al’s seminal research on the mammalian somatosensory system to enrich our own concept of brain-objects as the neurobiological intermediary between the environment and the consequent organismic behavior. In the final section, we explain how brain-objects advance (...)
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    Biosymbols: Symbols in Life and Mind. [REVIEW]Liz Stillwaggon Swan & Louis J. Goldberg - 2010 - Biosemiotics 3 (1):17-31.
    The strong continuity thesis postulates that the properties of mind are an enriched version of the properties of life, and thus that life and mind differ in degree and not kind. A philosophical problem for this view is the ostensive discontinuity between humans and other animals in virtue of our use of symbols—particularly the presumption that the symbolic nature of human cognition bears no relation to the basic properties of life. In this paper, we make the case that a genuine (...)
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  3. A Biosemiotic Analysis of Braille.Louis J. Goldberg & Liz Stillwaggon Swan - 2011 - Biosemiotics 4 (1):25-38.
    Abstract A unique aspect of human communication is the utilization of sets of well- delineated entities, the morphology of which is used to encode the letters of the alphabet. In this paper, we focus on Braille as an exemplar of this phenomenon. We take a Braille cell to be a physical artifact of the human environment, into the structure of which is encoded a representation of a letter of the alphabet. The specific issue we address in this paper concerns an (...)
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    Synthesizing Insight: Artificial Life as Thought Experimentation in Biology.Liz Stillwaggon Swan - 2009 - Biology and Philosophy 24 (5):687-701.
    What is artificial life? Much has been said about this interesting collection of efforts to artificially simulate and synthesize lifelike behavior and processes, yet we are far from having a robust philosophical understanding of just what Alifers are doing and why it ought to interest philosophers of science, and philosophers of biology in particular. In this paper, I first provide three introductory examples from the particular subset of artificial life I focus on, known as ‘soft Alife’ (s-Alife), and follow up (...)
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    Digital Immortality: Self or 0010110?Liz Stillwaggon Swan & Joshua Howard - 2012 - International Journal of Machine Consciousness 4 (01):245-256.
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    Introduction: Mentis Naturalis. [REVIEW]Liz Stillwaggon Swan & Louis J. Goldberg - 2013 - Biosemiotics 6 (3):297-300.
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    Yoga - Philosophy for Everyone: Bending Mind and Body.Fritz Allhoff & Liz Stillwaggon Swan (eds.) - 2011 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    _Stimulates thoughts and expands awareness of the philosophical dimensions of yoga in its many forms and practices_ _Yoga — Philosophy for Everyone_ presents a wide array of perspectives by people whose lives have been touched by yoga. Addressing myriad aspects of yoga's divergent paths, topics include body image for men and women; the religious and spiritual aspects of yoga; and issues relating to ethics, personal growth, and the teaching of yoga. Written by philosophers and non-philosophers alike, with contributions from professional (...)
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    Animal Lab.Liz Stillwaggon Swan - 2009 - Philosophy Now 76:52-54.
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    Karl Popper, Forensic Science, and Nested Codes.Liz Stillwaggon Swan - 2014 - Biosemiotics 7 (2):309-319.
    This paper utilizes the framework of Karl Popper’s 3-world ontology to make the case that forensic science is a specialized coding system that establishes meaningful connections between the world of biology and the world of human society . Forensic science is a cross-disciplinary endeavor that uses scientific methods to determine what transpired in a crime so the legal system can determine how to prosecute the offender. On a Popperian analysis of forensic science, world 1 consists of evidence gathered at the (...)
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    Masters of a Better Possible Reality.Liz Stillwaggon Swan - 2013 - In William Irwin (ed.), Black Sabbath and Philosophy: Mastering Reality. Wiley.
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    Philosophy Through Science Fiction.Liz Stillwaggon Swan - 2010 - Philosophy Now 80:41-41.
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    The Brain and the Meaning of Life.Liz Stillwaggon Swan - 2011 - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 25 (3):297 - 299.
    International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Volume 25, Issue 3, Page 297-299, September 2011.
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  13. Yoga - Philosophy for Everyone: Bending Mind and Body.Liz Stillwaggon Swan & John Friend - 2011 - Wiley.
     
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