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Laws, language and life : Howard Pattee's classic papers on the physics of symbols with contemporary commentary by Howard Pattee and Joanna Raczaszek-Leonardi

Author: H H Pattee; Joanna Raczaszek-Leonardi
Publisher: Dordrecht ; New York : Springer, ©2012.
Series: Biosemiotics, v.7.
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Howard Pattee is a physicist who for many years has taken his own path in studying the physics of symbols, which is now a foundation for biosemiotics. By extending von Neumann's logical requirements for self-replication, to the physical requirements of symbolic instruction at the molecular level, he concludes that a form of quantum measurement is necessary for life. He explains why all non-dynamic symbolic and  Read more...
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Pattee, H. H. (Howard Hunt), 1926-
Laws, langugae and life.
Dordrecht ; London : Springer, 2013
(OCoLC)815367288
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: H H Pattee; Joanna Raczaszek-Leonardi
ISBN: 9789400751613 9400751613 9400751605 9789400751606
OCLC Number: 822030023
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Commentary and History --
Introduction--What These Papers Are About --
The Pattee Papers in Chronological Order --
The Physical Basis of Coding and Reliability in Biological Evolution --
How Does a Molecule Become a Message? --
Physical Problems of Decision-Making Constraints --
Laws and Constraints, Symbols and Languages --
The Physical Basis and Origin of Hierarchical Control --
Postscript: Unsolved Problems and Potential Applications of Hierarchy Theory --
Discrete and Continuous Processes in Computers and Brains --
The Complementarity Principle in Biological and Social Structures --
Clues from Molecular Symbol Systems --
Cell Psychology: An Evolutionary Approach to the Symbol-Matter Problem --
Universal Principles of Measurement and Language Functions in Evolving Systems --
Instabilities and Information in Biological Self-organization --
Evolving Self-reference: Matter, Symbols, and Semantic Closure --
Artificial Life Needs a Real Epistemology --
The Problem of Observables in Models of Biological Organizations --
Causation, Control, and the Evolution of Complexity --
The Necessity of Biosemiotics: Matter-Symbol Complementarity --
Afterword --
Language as a System of Replicable Constraints.
Series Title: Biosemiotics, v.7.
Responsibility: by Howard Hunt Pattee, Joanna Raczaszek-Leonardi.
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The early, now classic, papers of Howard Pattee are often difficult to find. This book makes these papers readily available and features a contemporary introduction which links them to current  Read more...

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