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Kriti Sharma

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823265527

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823265527.001.0001

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What Does Sensing Depend On?

What Does Sensing Depend On?

Transduction, Energy, and the Meeting of Worlds

(p.41) 3 What Does Sensing Depend On?

Kriti Sharma

Fordham University Press

Two assumptions regarding standard views of sensing are examined: first, that some things can become the organism (i.e., can be assimilated into the organism) while others must always remain radically separate from the organism (i.e., can only be sensed by the organism); and, second, that energy exists intrinsically. An alternative contingentist view of signal transduction and sensing is then offered, one that does not rest upon the assumptions of the standard view. A brief intellectual history of signal transduction is given, tracing the relations of cell receptiveness, reactivity, and responsiveness from early cell physiology to present-day signal transduction theory. A contingentist account of what is called sensing is offered, one that describes phenomena not as intrinsically existent, or as interacting, or as reactive, or as changed or transformed over time. The alternative formulation that comes into view in the absence of the aforementioned concepts is that phenomena arise anew in each instant. This alternative view also offers novel and useful reconsiderations of the relation of lower-level and higher-level phenomena more generally; of agency and determinism; of stasis, change, and causal relations; and of the relation between physical and psychological phenomena.

Keywords:   Signal transduction, Cell, Microbiology, Reactivity, History of biology

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