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The renewal of the natural order through meaning: The evolutionary spiral of ‘self’ realisation

A/Prof. David G. Butt

Evolutionary change can now be studied at extraordinary scales; and these scales involve increasing evidence of semiotic (or sign based) expansion in telodynamic systems – systems which appear oriented to goals and even to self-correction (Shapiro 2011; Deacon 2012). Here I wish to explore how the emergence of the human self can be understood as an expansion of meaning potential, in particular, as a product of a ‘strategy’ of doubling and differentiation. My argument reviews the role of semiotic behaviour from bacteria to the collective consciousness that underpins human language. I further argue that the ‘stages’ of differentiation – e.g.. head to tail; top vs. underneath; right to left symmetry; hemispheric brains – all employ a double with differentiated function. 

AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND ASSOCIATION OF PSYCHOTHERAPY
25th ANNUAL CONFERENCE, 18 - 21 September 2014
State Library of NSW, Sydney, Australia
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A/Prof. David G. Butt

A/Professor David. G. Butt, Linguistics; Director, Centre for Language in Social Life, Faculty of Human Sciences, Macquarie University, NSW, Australia.

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