New paper published in Synthese: Bich, L. and Green, S. (2017). Is defining life pointless? Operational definitions at the frontiers of biology

  Is defining life pointless? Operational definitions at the frontiers of Biology   Leonardo Bich1, * & Sara Green2 1 ImmunoConcept, CNRS UMR 5164, Bordeaux University, Bordeaux 33076, France 2 Department of Science Education, Section for History and Philosophy of Science, University of Copenhagen. Springer Nature SharedIt link to access free full-text view-only Preprint here Abstract: Despite … Continue reading

New Synthese special issue on Teleological Organisation edited by Sune Holm and John Basl

Synthese (2017), 194(4) https://link.springer.com/journal/11229/194/4/page/1   The issue includes our paper Mossio, M., and Bich, L. (2017). What makes biological organisation teleological? Synthese, 194(4), 1089-1114. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11229-014-0594-z Preprint here  

Second Bordeaux-San Sebastian Workshop on Philosophy of Biology (Bordeaux, April 10-11, 2017)

  Second Bordeaux-San Sebastian Workshop on Philosophy of Biology: “Biological Identity: Robustness, Organisation, and the Microbiota” (Bordeaux, April 10-11, 2017) Organizers: Leonardo Bich, Arantza Etxeberria, Thomas Pradeu Full Program and Abstracts here   MONDAY APRIL 10 La Victoire – Salle des séminaires 14:00 – 14:15 Opening Session 1 Chair: Lynn Chiu 14:15 – 15.15  William … Continue reading

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: http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-319-24391-7_21 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

  • "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)