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The communication of meaning in social systems
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Abstract
The sociological domain is different from the psychological one insofar as
meaning can be communicated at the supra-individual level (Schütz, 1932;
Luhmann, 1984). The computation of anticipatory systems enables us to
distinguish between these domains in terms of weakly and strongly
anticipatory systems with a structural coupling between them (Maturana,
1978). Anticipatory systems have been defined as systems which entertain
models of themselves (Rosen, 1984). The model provides meaning to the
modeled system from the perspective of hindsight, that is, by advancing
along the time axis towards possible future states. Strongly anticipatory
systems construct their own future states (Dubois, 1998a and b). The
dynamics of weak and strong anticipations can be simulated as incursion and
hyper-incursion, respectively. Hyper-incursion generates “horizons of
meaning” (Husserl, 1929) among which choices have to be made by incursive
agency. 

Loet Leydesdorff & Sander Franse

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