Approaching a semiotics of exaptation: At the intersection between biological evolution and technological development
Keywords: action, combination, exaptation, function, organs, selection, semiotics, technology, tools
AbstractThis paper recognizes a specific correspondence between biological evolution and technological development and on this basis tries to set up a semiotic approach to the evolutionary phenomenon of exaptation. To do this, the existence of a historical-structural and pragmatic analogy between organs and tools is shown, which in turn implies on a communicative ground the dissolution of some of their traditional distinctive attributes. Finally, a philosophical-analytical approach to natural and cultural functions is applied to define three types of exaptations.
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Weible, D. (2013). Approaching a semiotics of exaptation: At the intersection between biological evolution and technological development. Sign Systems Studies, 41(4), 504-527. https://doi.org/10.12697/SSS.2013.41.4.07