I recently came across this book:
This new book presents contexts and associations of the semiotic view in biology, by making a short review of the history of the trends and ideas of biosemiotics, or semiotic biology, in parallel with theoretical biology. Biosemiotics can be defined as the science of signs in living systems. A principal and distinctive characteristic of semiotic biology lies in the understanding that in living, entities do not interact like mechanical bodies, but rather as messages, the pieces of text. This means that the whole determinism is of another type.
Pardon my skepticism, but
- There is no information in living systems.
- There are no codes in living systems.
- There are no signs in living systems.
Biosemiotics is the study of things that just don’t exist. Theology for biologists.
I had a hunch that the idea of codes in living systems would be resisted here at “The Skeptical Zone.” I had no idea though at the time just what might be the extent of that opposition. Apparently Code entails Goddidit. God must not exist, therefore codes cannot exist.
The idea of what a code is that I am trying to follow comes from Information Theory/Coding Theory. I was not particularly concerned with whether the application of information theory and coding theory to biology ought to be taken seriously, I thought at this point that was a given. I was wrong before, I’ll probably be wrong again.
Do the Semiosis Skeptics and Code Denialists here at TSZ reject the concept of biological information?
If so, why?
Warning!: It’s a trick question.