First Bordeaux-San Sebastian Workshop on Philosophy of Biology (San Sebastian, October 20-21 2016)

FIRST BORDEAUX-SAN SEBASTIAN WORKSHOP ON PHILOSOPHY OF BIOLOGY PROGRAM Full program and abstracts Flyer THURSDAY OCTOBER 20 14:00 – 14:15 Opening Session 1 Chair: Kepa Ruiz-Mirazo 14:15 – 15.15 Some reflections on the concept of Functional Integration (Alvaro Moreno, IAS-Universidad del País Vasco) 15:15 – 16:15 The immune system and the unification of the organism  (Thomas Pradeu ImmunoConcEpT, CNRS, University of … Continue reading

New book chapter: ‘Systems and Organizations Theoretical tools, conceptual distinctions and epistemological implications’

Bich, L. (2016). Systems and Organizations. Theoretical tools, conceptual distinctions and epistemological implications. In G. Minati, M, Ambram, E. Pessa (eds.), Towards a Post-Bertalanffy Systemics, New York : Springer, 203-209.   Paper available at Springer Link: Preprint here   Abstract The aim of this paper is to present some system-theoretical notions ─ such as constraint, closure, integration, coordination, … Continue reading

New paper published in BioSystems: Bich, L. & Moreno, A. The role of regulation in the origin and synthetic modelling of minimal cognition

  Abstract In this paper we address the question of minimal cognition by investigating the origin of some crucial cognitive properties from the very basic organisation of biological systems. More specifically, we propose a theoretical model of how a system can distinguish between specific features of its interaction with the environment, which is a fundamental … Continue reading

New Paper Published in Biology & Philosophy: Bich, L., Mossio, M., Ruiz-Mirazo, K. & Moreno, A. “Biological Regulation: Controlling the System from Within”

Biological regulation: controlling the system from within Abstract Biological regulation is what allows an organism to handle the effects of a perturbation, modulating its own constitutive dynamics in response to particular changes in internal and external conditions. With the central focus of analysis on the case of minimal living systems, we argue that regulation consists … Continue reading

New paper published in Synthese: Mossio, M. & Bich, L. “What makes biological organisation teleological?”

What makes biological organisation teleological? Abstract This paper argues that biological organisation can be legitimately conceived of as an intrinsically teleological causal regime. The core of the argument consists in establishing a connection between organisation and teleology through the concept of self-determination: biological organisation determines itself in the sense that the effects of its activity … Continue reading

New book chapter in “Modéliser & Simuler” vol 2: Mossio, M. and Bich, L. (2014). La circularité biologique: concepts et modèles

Mossio, M. and Bich, L. (2014). La circularité biologique: concepts et modèles.  In F. Varenne, S. Dutreuil, P. Huneman and M. Silberstein (eds.), Modéliser & simuler. Epistémologies et pratiques de la modélisation et de la simulation (tome 2), Paris : Editions Matériologiques, 137-170. here,187

IAS-IHPST Workshop: Boundaries and Levels of Biological Organization (1-2 July 2014)

for more information see:         IAS-IHPST WORKSHOP BOUNDARIES AND LEVELS OF BIOLOGICAL ORGANIZATION   The IAS-Research Centre for Life Mind and Society of the University of the Basque Country (EHU/UPV) in collaboration with the Institut d’Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques (IHPST) of the University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne … Continue reading

  • "To say that a system is complex […] is to say that we can describe the same system in a variety of distinct ways […]. Therefore a system is simple to the extent that a single description suffices to account for our interaction with the system; it is complex to the extent that it fails to be true." (Robert Rosen, 1978)
  • “Complexity is not an intrinsic property of a system nor of a system description. Rather, it arises from the number of ways in which we are able to interact with the system. Thus, complexity is a function not only of the system’s interactive capabilities, but of our own”
    (Robert Rosen, 1985)