Essays on Life Itself

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Columbia University Press, 2000 - 361 sivua

Compiling twenty articles on the nature of life and on the objective of the natural sciences, this remarkable book complements Robert Rosen's groundbreaking Life Itself -- a work that influenced a wide range of philosophers, biologists, linguists, and social scientists. In Essays on Life Itself, Rosen takes to task the central objective of the natural sciences, calling into question the attempt to create objectivity in a subjective world and forcing us to reconsider where science can lead us in the years to come.

 

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Relatively early thinking about the impact of complexity on biology and theories of life. Seems a bit dated if one has read Stuart Kauffman or more modern expositions but interesting to realize how non-intuitive complexity theory must have been not too many years ago. Lue koko arvostelu

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On Biology and Physics
1
The Schrodinger Question What Is Life? FiftyFive Years Later
5
Biological Challenges to Contemporary Paradigms of Physics and Mimetics
33
What Is Biology?
45
On Biology and the Mind
57
The ChurchPythagoras Thesis
63
Drawing the Boundary Between Subject and Object Comments on the MindBrain Problem
82
Mind as Phenotype
96
Some Random Thoughts About Chaos and Some Chaotic Thoughts About Randomness
187
Similarity and Dissimilarity in Biology
197
Optimality in Biology and Medicine
201
Morphogenesis in Networks
224
Order and Disorder in Biological Control Systems
246
What Does It Take to Make an Organism?
254
On Biology and Technology
271
Some Lessons of Biology
275

On Psychomimesis
115
The MindBrain Problem and the Physics of Reductionism
126
On Genericity
141
Genericity as Information
145
Syntactics and Semantics in Languages
156
How Universal Is a Universal Unfolding?
171
System Closure and Dynamical Degeneracy
175
Bionics Revisited
283
On the Philosophy of Craft
297
Cooperation and Chimera
308
Are Our Modeling Paradigms Nongeneric?
324
References
341
Index
347
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Robert Rosen was professor emeritus of biophysics at Dalhousie University and the author of books including Life Itself (Columbia 1991), Principles of Mathematical Biology, and Principles of Measurement.

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