Sharing G. Evelyn Hutchinson's fabricational noise

  • Myrdene Anderson Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-1365

Abstract

One of the seminal constructs in 20th-century biosemiotics is G. Evelyn Hutchinson's 'niche'. This notion opened up and unpacked cartesian space and time to recognize self-organizing roles in open, dynamical systems — in n-dimensional hyperspace. Perhaps equally valuable to biosemiotics is Hutchinson's inclusive approach to inquiry and his willingness to venture into abductive territory, which have reaped rewards for a range of disciplines beyond biology, from art to anthropology. Hutchinson assumed the fertility of inquiry flowing from open, far-from-equilibrium systems to be characterized by 'fabricational noise', following Seilacher, or 'order out of chaos', following Prigogine. Serendipitous 'noise' can self-organize into information at other levels, as does the 'noise' of Hutchinson's contributions themselves.

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Published
2000-12-31
How to Cite
Anderson, M. (2000). Sharing G. Evelyn Hutchinson’s fabricational noise. Sign Systems Studies, 28, 388-396. https://doi.org/10.12697/SSS.2000.28.21
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