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Foreword: Advances in Cybersemiotics

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In 'The Cybersemiotic Roots Of Computation: A Critique of the Computational Model of Cognition,' Jed C. Jones challenges the prevalent metaphor of human cognition, a von Neumann-type (1945) computational process, as flawed because it fails to recognize the crucial role of an embodied observer's capacity for semiosis in any computational process. The paper affirms Brier's (1996) cybersemiotic framework, which states that semiosis is the organism's selection of environmental perturbations in the attempt to satisfy its own needs as more comprehensive. The paper argues that most computational processes requires one or more of the human capacities for abstraction, purposive control of the physical environment, and judgement. It concludes that even fully autonomous, self-adapting computers would diverge from human evolutionary relevance because they are incapable of embodied conscious establishing interpetants in semiosis.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Copenhagen Business School, Dept of Management, Politics & Philosophy, Blagadsgade 23 B, 3. floor, room 326, DK-2200 Copenhagen, Denmark .

Publication date: January 1, 2005

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