Umwelt

By | 2012-03-20

From wikipedia:

In the semiotic theories of Jakob von Uexküll and Thomas A. Sebeok, umwelt (plural: umwelten; the German word Umwelt means “environment” or “surrounding world”) is the “biological foundations that lie at the very epicenter of the study of both communication and signification in the human [and non-human] animal.”[citation needed] The term is usually translated as “self-centered world”.[1] Uexküll theorised that organisms can have different umwelten, even though they share the same environment.

 

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