Member of the Science Advisory Committee

He received his Masters degree in Biology in 1979 from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.  He earned his first Ph.D. in Theory of Science in 1994 from the University of Roskilde in Denmark and his second Ph.D. in Management Philosophy from the Copenhagen Business School in 2006.

Dr. Brier is Professor of the semiotics of information, cognition and communication science at Department of International Studies of Culture and Communication at the Copenhagen Business School.  His major focus is on the theory of science and cognition with special focus on information, cognition and communication including cross-disciplinary research programs such as cybernetics, semiotics, concepts of knowledge and their utility for understanding and designing knowledge organizing and propagation of science.

Institutional afiliation

Professor at Department of International Studies of Culture and Communication, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.

Membership at the boards of scientific organisations in the field

Editor-in-Chief for the academic journal: Cybernetics & Human Knowing, A Journal of Second Order Cybernetics, Autopoiesis & Cyber-Semiotics.

Editorial Board: Biosemiotics, TripleC, Systems Research and Behavioral Sciences. J. of Organisational Transformation & Social Change. Special issue on Cybersemiotics in Entropy.

Boards: Sociocybernetic Group ISA, Foundation of Information Science Group, domusBITae

Some relevant publications

BRIER, S, (2006). “The necessity of Trans-Scientific Frameworks for doing Interdisciplinary Research”, Kybernetes special issue for Felix Geyer, 2006 no. 3-4: 403-425. Link

BRIER, S. (2008). “A Paradigm for Biosemiotics”, Signs, 2008, pp. 30-81. Link

BRIER, S. (2008b). Cybersemiotics: Why Information Is Not Enough. Toronto Studies in Semiotics and Communication, University of Toronto Press.

BRIER, S. (2008b). “Bateson and Peirce on the pattern that connects and the sacred’”, Chapter 12 pp- 229-255 in HOFFMEYER, J. (ed.)(2008). A Legacy for Living Systems: Gregory Bateson as a precursor for biosemiotic thinking, Biosemiotics 2, London: Springer Verlag.

Currentlly editing a Special Issue of Entropy: “Cybersemiotic-Integration of the informational and semiotic paradigms of cognition and communication” Link

Coediting with Cliff JOSLYN a special Issue of the Journal of Biosemiotics “Information in Biosemiotics”

Areas of interest

Theory of Science, Cognitive Science, Cross- and trans-disciplinary function and possible autonomy in relation to mono-disciplinary science, Cybernetics, Bio-semiotic cognition- and communication theory, Information theory, Cybersemiotics, The popularizing of science.

More information

Personal website.

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