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  • Print publication year: 2011
  • Online publication date: August 2012

II - History of mind of biological knowledge

Summary

Key questions (see key questions 1–3 of the Preamble)

Contributions from biology to environmental literacy

Q1 From both biophysical and epistemic (biosemiotic) dimensions, how do organisms conceptualize and interpret the signs of nature? How did knowledge about biosystems evolve?

Q2 What dynamics underlie biosystems and ecosystems? In what ways does socioecological research link the rationales of material–biophysical processes in the environment with the social–epistemic processes in human systems?

Q3 As ecosystems, unlike individual organisms, do not have built-in homeostatic responses to disturbances, what knowledge will enable researchers and practitioners to manage a balance for maintaining ecosystem functions in limits for supporting human life?