Biosemiotics and slime mould

New Scientist has an interesting article on the ways in which it may make sense to talk about non-conscious entities creating meaning. Biosemiotics. http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20727741.200-biosemiotics-searching-for-meanings-in-a-meadow.html?full=true Hat tip to Meika. I had been thinking abut this when I came across a report on the slime mould's 'irrational' decision-making process.It seems that like humans, Physarum polycephalum makes quick … Continue reading Biosemiotics and slime mould

Bias, learning to walk at the edge of Chaos

This is a guest post by Meika, for which, many thanks. Cambridge-based researchers recently published a study providing experimental data which supports the idea that the human brain lives "on the edge of chaos". Its press release ends: According to [co-author] Kitzbichler, this new evidence is only a starting point. "A natural next question we plan … Continue reading Bias, learning to walk at the edge of Chaos

East meets West: are there just two cultures?

New Scientist has an article by Ed Yong on the dichotomy between eastern and western thought. But there are more than two alternatives (western/individualist/analytic vs eastern/collective/holistic)... Grid-group cultural theory, developed by anthropologist Mary Douglas and others, suggests there are four universal cultural biases, Individualist, Hierachist, Egalitarian and Fatalist. Researchers using this methodology have conducted numerous … Continue reading East meets West: are there just two cultures?