Journal of Biosemiotic Research
ISSN: Coming Soon
- Astronomical instruments
- Measurement systems and notation
- Solar energy and information
- Abstract signs-knowledge
- Traditional cultures
- Prehistoric heritage
In the era of the information society, the increase in the role of the natural sciences is inevitable, since the purposes of the society cannot be achieved on the basis of "pure" meanings, logic and reflection. Biosemiotics is one of those sciences that are approaching the functions of modern meta-science, a science that integrates the most general laws of living nature, but, unlike philosophy, relies on quantitative methods and operates specific data.
The possibilities of exploring the signs of culture of biosemiotics are broadened by the use of the concepts "adaptation", "information", "open living system". However, this level of development of the methodology of semiotic research is not limiting, because adaptation is based on the reflection of the environment, information implies any heterogeneity in the distribution of matter and energy in space-time, and all known forms of life depend on the properties of the planet Earth, the energy of the sun, the rhythms of the universe.
The results of interdisciplinary studies of archaeological sites and traditional culture allow us to connect the processes of formation of abstract thinking and the development of culture with the development of tools / technologies of astronomical orientation, which greatly increased the human ability to survive and successfully develop in a dynamic geographical space-time. The use of reliable space landmarks in the development of the geographical space, in the organization of the living space, in order to maintain order in the daily and annual rhythm of life activity is characteristic (and genetically fixed) for all biological species, but the human developed it on an instrumental basis and it is associated with the formation of a system of measurements and notation.
The concept of the astronomical nature of the sign, developed in the geography of culture, is based on the fact that the simplest, graphical signs can be read (filled with meaning) with the help of measuring instruments by which they were created. The most effective of these tools is the solar gnomon. Staves, measuring poles, tax sticks, ornaments on objects and embroidery on clothes could preserve archaic measurement technologies / designations that originate from the very origins of the formation of modern signs. These systems of signs are as universal as the technology of the solar clock, which at any point in the earth's space reflect the global invariant of the Earth-Sun relationship in its regional specificity and the uniqueness of the local manifestation.
One of the real ways of deepening knowledge is the exchange of thematic information. The problem of mapping the space-time in the signs of culture, which is proposed for discussion, is not new, in many areas of knowledge, many theoretical approaches and factual materials have been accumulated. Today, it seems advisable to combine new methods developed in the geography of culture, with rich experience accumulated in archeology and astroarchaeology, paleoastronomy and architecture, culturology, ethnography, semiotics and biosemiotics. The expected result of combining different opinions and approaches within the thematic edition is the actualization and synergy of information in a single problem field that will help each participant in the correspondence discussion in progressive scientific development.