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An evolutionary perspective on reading and reading disorders

Abstract: An evolutionary perspective on reading can contribute to understanding dyslexia and other learning disorders. Human beings evolved speech over many thousands of years, but writing and reading are recent inventions, only a few thousand years old. People perform reading by a kludge of

Posted in Social Sciences

What’s missing from theories of information

Information and the nature of reality: From physics to metaphysics. Paul Davies and Niels Henrik Gregersen (Eds.) Cambridge University Press, 2010. PDF: What’sMissingFromInformation

Posted in Emergence of Mind

Monkey homologues of language areas: computing the ambiguities

Abstract: The ‘language-readiness’ of human brains most probably resulted from modification of structures present in non-human primate brains, but identifying such homologues and the nature of their modifications has been highly problematic. In a recent article, Arbiband Bota suggest that these problems can be overcome

Posted in Brain Research

Language as an Emergent Function: Some Radical Neurological and Evolutionary Implications

ABSTRACT: Language is a spontaneously evolved emergent adaptation, not a formal computational system. Its structure does not derive from either innate or social instruction but rather self-organization and selection. Its quasi-universal features emerge from the interactions among semiotic constraints, neural processing limitations, and

Posted in Brain Research

Teleology For The Perplexed: How Matter Began To Matter

Abstract: Lacking a plausible model for the emergence of telos (purposive, representational, and evaluative relationships, as in life and consciousness) from simple material and energetic processes, the sciences operate as though all teleological relationships are physically epiphenomenal. Alternatively, in religion and the humanities it

Posted in Emergence of Mind

Shannon Boltzmann Darwin: Redefining Information Pt. 2

Abstract: A scientifically adequate theory of semiotic processes must ultimately be founded on a theory of information that can unify the physical, biological, cognitive, and computational uses of the concept. Unfortunately, no such unification exists, and more importantly, the causal status of informational

Posted in Information Theory

Shannon Boltzmann Darwin: Redefining Information Pt. 1.

Abstract: A scientifically adequate theory of semiotic processes must ultimately be founded on a theory of information that can unify the physical, biological, cognitive, and computational uses of the concept. Unfortunately, no such unification exists, and more importantly, the causal status of informational

Posted in Information Theory

Universal grammar and semiotic constraints

PDF: Semiotics&UG_MS_Deacon

Posted in Language Origins

Theses on Biosemiotics: Prolegomena to a Theoretical Biology

Abstract: 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 signaction. An aim of the biosemiotic approach

Posted in Information Theory

Rethinking Mammalian Brain Evolution

SYNOPSIS. A critical review of past and current theories of mammalian brain evolution is presented in order to discuss conceptual problems that persist in the field. Problems with the concept of homology arise because of the interaction of cell lineages and axonal connectivity

Posted in Brain Research