The distinctions an organism makes have an effect both to the body and to the environment. Via the usage of distinctions, an organism regulates, affects, or designs the ones it distinguishes. The structuring capacity of organisms is dependent on their ability to make differences. Making distinctions and behaving on the basis of the differences made belongs to the very nature of sign process, or semiosis. Organic design thus means the changes and the forms that result from the biological sign processes.
Organic design includes the changes an organism creates both in its surrounding (thus constructing and designing its niche) and in its body (epigenetic changes) via exo- and endosemiotic processes.
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