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Network Nature

The blog medium invites disclosures about work in progress. So here’s the how the table of contents is shaping up for my new book: Coyne , Richard. Network Nature: Digital Technology and the Semiotics of Place. London: Bloomsbury.  The draft is due end of March, including 30 illustrations, and it is on track so far.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Natural Digital 3: Built environments 7; Chapter contents 11

  1. Tuning in to nature 17: Paying attention 20; Intentionality 26; Prospect 28; Insight 31; Habituation 37; Summary 39
  2. What nature? 40: Biocentrism in architecture 45; Networks 47; Spatial semiotics 50; Pragmatism 56
  3. The book of nature 57: Data 58; Semiotics 66; Reading nature 68; Cognition in the wild 72
  4. Biohacking 76: Garage biology 77; Code 78; Life is not information 81; Cellular semiotics 83; Memes 87; Social media memes 90; Bio-semiotic discourse 92; Summary 93
  5. Reproducing nature 94: Digital biomimetics 98; Digital skins 101; Semiotics and logic 104; Parametric design 105; Biomimetic design 107; The limits of biomimesis 110
  6. The book of stones 112: Mountains that speak 113; Geosemiotics 117; The Anthropocene 119; Anthropoceneans 123; Geo-melancholics 125; Autochthons 129; Tricksters 134; Conclusion 138
  7. Contested Places 138: Play and nature 139; Outdoor computer games 143; Nature games 149; Play and nature 154; Contest 156: Game semiotics 160; Game detectives 165; Summary 168
  8. Zoo-space 169: Almost human 170: Animals and categories 173; Domination and distance 175; Uncanny, monstrous, cute and tricky 180; Talking with animals 185; Cognitive habitats 188
  9. Refuge 189: Attunement 192; Healthy places 195; Solitude 197; Nature and media 200; Cultural conditioning 203; Causality 204; Loss of nature 207; Resilience 212; Nature and disgust 214
  10. Numinous places 217: Organic connections 218; Video game enchantment 222; The magic circle 227; Symbols 230; Disenchantment 233; Boring places 235; Summary 237
  11. Disconnect 238: Self-reliance 240; Being post-digital 242; The accessorized self 246; Simulation 248; Metonymy 253; Denatured 254; Conclusion 257

Any comments, suggestions, additions gratefully received at this formative stage.

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About Richard Coyne

The cultural, social and spatial implications of computers and pervasive digital media spark my interest ... enjoy architecture, writing, designing, philosophy, coding and media mashups.

Discussion

2 thoughts on “Network Nature

  1. Perhaps Chapter 3 Cognition in the Wild, could be pushed towards Semiotics in the Wild, or Semiotics in the Nature? The reason being that Cognition could be a tricky term, and could imply a human-centred approach – this book seems to be more than that. IMHO.

    Posted by Lemongrass Hut | February 12, 2017, 8:20 pm

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