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to the structural linking of consciousness and communication
The following points sketch a short outline of my
suggestion of how to conceptualize consciousness and communication in structural
Systems theory has developed the thought that there
is a difference between consciousness and communication which can be observed
as the structural linking of two autopoietic systems. That means that every
system needs the other system for its own reproductional process.
Consciousness and communication are structurally linked
with each other in an exceptional manner. Both systems are also necessarily
and constitutively structurally linked with each other.
In systems theory the idealistic thought (above all
of the German philosophy of consciousness, e.g. Kant or Fichte) of a clear
deduction from consciousness to everything else including communication
is substituted by the thought of an autoconstitution of consciousness and
communication in the process of structural linking .
With regard to the structural linking the idea of communication
without any subject of communication means self processing communication.
Where there was a subject in the philosophy of consciousness there is structural
linking of consciousness and communication in systems theory.
No sentence about consciousness and communication refere
to an empirical reality but is only conceptionel because there are no other
observers of consciousness and communication but consciousness and communication
themselves. The observation of consciousness and communication is processed
either consciously or communicatively. The observation of consciousness
and communication necessitates a symmetrical conception of both systems
involved in structural linking. That means in structural linking the observation
of consciousness and communication can only be observed as symmetrical
systems; that does not mean that both systems are symmetrical in an absolute
manner, which requires an absolute observer that cannot even be imagined.
The difference between consciousness and communication
is the starting difference for systems theory. The difference between system
and its environment, which is regarded as starting difference cannot be
the authentic starting difference because only the difference between consciousness
and communication in structural linking enables consciousness or communication
to process their own and any other difference, enables consciousness and
communication to observe any difference at all.
A corresponding definition of the medium says that the
medium generates the structural linking. Whatever generates the structural
linking is called the medium. The most common medium without any concrete
and empirically observable form is sense. Sense is a supermedium for the
structural linking of consciousness and communication. Sense is a medium
insofar as it allows and effects the constitution of forms in both systems
consciousness and communication. The medium makes the structural linking
in such a manner that sense as a form results from sense as a medium, that
sense results from structural linking (constitution of the medium) so that
structural linking results from sense (constitution of the form).
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