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From Information to Autonomy: Analogies between Biology and the Language Sciences

John Stewart (Institut Pasteur, Paris, France)
Evelyne Andreewsky (INSERM‐TLNP, Hôpital de la Salpétrière, Paris, France)

Kybernetes

ISSN: 0368-492X

Article publication date: 1 May 1992

Abstract

According to the dominant paradigm in both biology and the language sciences, “information” is an entity which can be “contained” in genes or words; “transferred” to a receptor, this “information” is supposedly the key to phenomena such as the ontogenesis of living organisms or the meaning of language. Argues that this paradigm suffers from unsurmountable weaknesses and, moreover, that possible alternatives exist: maybe the time has come to abandon the information cult.

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Stewart, J. and Andreewsky, E. (1992), "From Information to Autonomy: Analogies between Biology and the Language Sciences", Kybernetes, Vol. 21 No. 5, pp. 15-32. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb005939

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