Semiosphere and a dual ecology: Paradoxes of communication

  • Kalevi Kull Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu, Tiigi 78, 50410 Tartu


This article compares the methodologies of two types of sciences (according to J. Locke) — semiotics, and physics — and attempts thereby to characterise the semiotic and non-semiotic approaches to the description of ecosystems. The principal difference between the physical and semiotic sciences is that there exists just a single physical reality that is studied by physics via repetitiveness, whereas there are many semiotic realities that are studied as unique individuals. Seventeen complementary definitions of the semiosphere are listed, among them, semiosphere defined as the space of qualitative (incommensurable) diversity. It is stated that, paradoxically, diversity, being a creation of communication, can also be destroyed due to excessive communication.


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Kull, K. (2005). Semiosphere and a dual ecology: Paradoxes of communication. Sign Systems Studies, 33(1), 175-189.