Making the Umwelt Bubble of the Modern Synthesis Burst
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OriginalversjonTønnessen, M. (2021) Making the Umwelt Bubble of the Modern Synthesis Burst. Biosemiotics, 14, 121-125. 10.1007/s12304-021-09430-2
Noble rightly emphasizes that some modern evolutionary biologists´ neglect of agency is consequential with regard to our understanding of the natural world and real-world ecological developments. I elaborate on biosemiotic ideas on semiotic agency and explain how organisms can change the environment by way of semiotic causation. I also comment on the human language’s role in human Umwelten, and how our linguistically mediated reality can be self-deceptive – as if we lived in a bubble of our own making. Finally, I indicate how we can make the Umwelt bubble of the Modern Synthesis burst.