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Cosmic ApprenticeDispatches from the Edges of Science$
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Dorion Sagan

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816681358

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816681358.001.0001

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Thermosemiosis

Thermosemiosis

Boltzmann’s Sleight, Trim’s Hat, and the Confusion concerning Entropy

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(p.87) Chapter 8 Thermosemiosis
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Cosmic Apprentice
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Dorion Sagan

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816681358.003.0009

Traces the roots of sign-making and purposeful behavior to energetic flows, and addresses the deep confusion in both the humanities and sciences regarding entropy, mistakenly conflated with disorder. Discusses Isabelle Stengers, biosemiotics, perpetual motion machines, and the surplus energy which sows the seeds for polysemy, poetry, and postmodernism.

Keywords:   science, philosophy, Bataille, Whitehead, Derrida, Margulis, biopolitics, psychedelics, thermodynamics

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