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Presents new perspectives regarding the nature and origin of biological information
Demonstrates how our traditional ideas about biological information are collapsing under the weight of new evidence
Written by leading experts in the field
In the spring of 2011, a diverse group of
scientists gathered at Cornell University to discuss their research
into the nature and origin of biological information. This symposium
brought together experts in information theory, computer science,
numerical simulation, thermodynamics, evolutionary theory, whole
organism biology, developmental biology, molecular biology, genetics,
physics, biophysics, mathematics, and linguistics. This volume presents
new research by those invited to speak at the conference.
The contributors to this volume use their wide-ranging expertise
in the area of biological information to bring fresh insights into the
explanatory difficulties that biological information raises. Going
beyond the conventional scientific wisdom, which attempts to explain
biological information reductionistically via chemical, genetic, and
natural selective determinants, the work represented here develops novel
non-reductionist approaches to biological information, looking notably
to telic and self-organizational processes.
clear themes emerged from these research papers: 1) Information is
indispensable to our understanding of what life is. 2) Biological
information is more than the material structures that embody it. 3)
Conventional chemical and evolutionary mechanisms seem insufficient to
fully explain the labyrinth of information that is life. By exploring
new perspectives on biological information, this volume seeks to expand,
encourage, and enrich research on the nature and origin of biological
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Biological Information - Computational Intelligence - Genetical Information - Neo-Darwinian Theory