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Information and Living Systems: Philosophical and Scientific Perspectives

George Terzis and Robert Arp

Abstract

Information shapes biological organization in fundamental ways and at every organizational level. Because organisms use information—including DNA codes, gene expression, and chemical signaling—to construct, maintain, repair, and replicate themselves, it would seem only natural to use information-related ideas in our attempts to understand the general nature of living systems, the causality by which they operate, the difference between living and inanimate matter, and the emergence, in some biological species, of cognition, emotion, and language. Yet philosophers and scientists have been slow t ... More

Keywords: biological organization, organisms, DNA codes, gene expression, chemical signaling, living systems, inanimate matter, cognition, emotion, language

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780262201742
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262201742.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George Terzis, editor

Robert Arp, editor

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Introduction

George Terzis, and Robert Arp

I The Definition of Life

2 Energy Coupling

Yas̨ar Demirel

II Information and Biological Organization

4 The Biosemiotic Approach in Biology: Theoretical Bases and Applied Models

João Queiroz, Claus Emmeche, Kalevi Kull, and Charbel El-Hani

6 The Informational Nature of Biological Causality

Alvaro Moreno, and Kepa Ruiz-Mirazo

7 The Self-construction of a Living Organism

Natalia López-Moratalla, and María Cerezo

III Information and the Biology of Cognition, Value, and Language

12 Biolinguistics and Information

Cedric Boeckx, and Juan Uriagereka

13 The Biology of Personality

Aurelio José Figueredo, W. Jake Jacobs, Sarah B. Burger, Paul R. Gladden, and Sally G. Olderbak

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