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Embodied Communication in Humans and
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Ipke Wachsmuth, Manuela Lenzen, and Günther Knoblich

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199231751

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231751.001.0001

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Toward a theory of embodied communication: self-sustaining wild systems as embodied meaning

Toward a theory of embodied communication: self-sustaining wild systems as embodied meaning

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(p.53) 3 Toward a theory of embodied communication: self-sustaining wild systems as embodied meaning
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Embodied Communication in Humans and Machines
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J. Scott Jordan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231751.003.0003

This chapter proposes the Wild Systems Theory as a potentially integrative perspective on embodied communication. The fundamental assumption here is that organisms need to be understood as systems that survive through energy transformations. In this perspective, cognition and communication are functions that are enabled by a dynamical control system. Each layer of this hierarchically organised system embodies aspects of the contexts organisms need to survive in, at different scales. Communication is conceptualised as a special case of control where organisms jointly gain control over the environment.

Keywords:   Wild Systems Theory, embodied communication, cognition, communication

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