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Chimeras and ConsciousnessEvolution of the Sensory Self$
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Lynn Margulis, Celeste A. Asikainen, and Wolfgang E. Krumbein

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015394

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015394.001.0001

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Smart Bacteria

Smart Bacteria

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Chimeras and Consciousness

Eshel Ben-Jacob

Yoash Shapira

Alfred I. Tauber

The MIT Press

This chapter reviews how social bacteria sense dwindling resources and respond. It specifically examines how bacteria together sense the environment, extracting matter and energy from it as they engage in de facto cognitive processes. It proposes a third information-processing system for the coordination and synchronization of the engine and the machine. This chapter suggests that biotic systems are analogous to chimeras of three types of artificial machines: thermodynamic engines, pumps, and information-processing systems. It shows that bacteria offer a striking example of how organisms change their environment to accommodate themselves, and of how the immediate surroundings should be understood not only as context but as an integratable part of organismic identity.

Keywords:   social bacteria, cognitive processes, information-processing system, chimeras, thermodynamic engines, pumps, organismic identity

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