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

Author: H H Pattee; Joanna Rączaszek-Leonardi
Publisher: Dordrecht ; New York : Springer, ©2012.
Series: Biosemiotics, v. 7.
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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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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: H H Pattee; Joanna Rączaszek-Leonardi
ISBN: 9789400751606 9400751605 9789400751613 9400751613
OCLC Number: 827936004
Description: xv, 333 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: pt. 1. Commentary and history / H.H. Pattee. Introduction : What these papers are about. 1. Epistemology : the subject-object and symbol-matter relation ; 2. Where did my interest in the physics of life begin? ; 3. The Symbolic and subjective aspects of measurement : the epistemic cut ; 4. The Quantum measurement problem ; 5. History of relating physical laws and life ; 6. The Rise of molecular biology : recognizing the symbol-matter problem ; 7. Why life requires quantum measurement ; 8. Beyond decoherence : the autonomous agent and semiotic closure ; 9. All objective models are also subjective ; 10. The Concept of genetic language ; 11. The Necessity of complementary models ; 12. The Origin of my interest in symbolic and dynamic models ; 13. The Evolutionary limitations of programmed computer models ; 14. Misconceptions of physical laws and evolution theory ; 15. Significant differences between genetic and brain-based languages ; 16. Will models of the brain improve the brain's models of the universe? --
pt. 2. The Pattee papers in chronological order. 1. The Physical basis of coding and reliability in biological evolution ; 2. How does a molecule become a message? ; 3. Physical problems of decision-making constraints ; 4. Laws and constraints, symbols and languages ; 5. The Physical basis and origin of hierarchical control ; 6. Postscript : unsolved problems and potential applications of hierarchy theory ; 7. Discrete and continuous processes in computers and brains ; 8. The Complementarity principle in biological and social structures ; 9. Clues from molecular symbol systems ; 10. Cell psychology : an evolutionary approach to the symbol-matter problem ; 11. Universal principles of measurement and language functions in evolving systems ; 12. Instabilities and information in biological self-organization ; 13. Evolving self-reference : matter, symbols, and semantic closure ; 14. Artificial life needs a real epistemology ; 15. The Problem of observables in models of biological organizations ; 16. Causation, control, and the evolution of complexity ; 17. The Necessity of biosemiotics : matter-symbol complementarity --
pt. 3. Afterword / Joanna Rączaszek-Leonardi. Language as a system of replicable constraints. 1. Information in biology : the complementarity of dynamics and symbols ; 2. Delimiting the scope of generalization ; 3. Language as a system of selected, replicable constraints ; 4. Further along the third path of complementarity.
Series Title: Biosemiotics, v. 7.
Responsibility: Howard Hunt Pattee, Joanna Rączaszek-Leonardi.

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