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By Andreas Weber

Meaning, feeling and expression – the adventure of inwardness – subject so much in human life. the point of view of biopoetics exhibits that this adventure is shared via all organisms. Being alive skill to exist via relatives that experience existential crisis, and to precise those dimensions throughout the physique and its gestures. All existence happens inside of one poetic house that's shared among all beings and that's obtainable via subjective sensual event. We participate in this via our empirical subjectivity, which arises from the studies and desires of dwelling beings, and which makes them open to entry and sharing in a poetic objectivity. Biopoetics breaks loose from the causal-mechanic paradigm which made biology not able to account for brain and which means. Biology turns into a technological know-how of expression, connection and subjectivity that could comprehend all organisms together with people as feeling brokers in a shared ecology of significant family, embedded in a symbolical and fabric metabolism of the biosphere.

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J. M. Coetzee 1999:149 We have seen that the reaction of living systems to material constraints is the unfolding of a dimension of meaning. Living systems are the dimension of meaning of material constraints. Its continued existence for a living system is a subjective absoluteness. But this absoluteness is not only a standpoint of concern. It also manifests in the outside in a concrete, physical form. Meaning becomes visible in body, because it comes into being in and through metabolism, because it is body.

This “pattern that connects”, what traditionally has been called mind, is the presence of inwardness in an outside. Unfolding the Interior Dimension In a poetic biology a living being is neither only matter nor only form – it is an embodied subject which can make choices concerning the relationship between these domains. Life is matter and meaning at the same time – “inside” and “outside” intertwined. Metabolism therefore is a process by which bread indeed is transformed into flesh. But the mysticism involved in that conversion is plainly empirical.

Self is nearly exclusively in contact with self, thereby even mirroring in anticipation any possible contact with an ‘antigen’: Because the compounds of the Immune system have such a high self-affinity, every agglomeration engendered by an antigen already exists in the body by anti-antibodies, that bind to (in the original view ‘antigen-specific’) antibodies, and anti-anti-antibodies binding to them and so forth: “The end result is that we will always run into antibody classes that will at least partially resemble the incoming epitype E.

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