New Paper: “Life, Autonomy and Cognition: An Organizational Approach to the Definition of the Universal Properties of Life”

Life, Autonomy and Cognition: An Organizational Approach to the Definition of the Universal Properties of Life

with Luisa Damiano

Published on Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres

Abstract:

This article addresses the issue of defining the universal properties of living systems through an organizational approach, according to which the distinctive properties of life lie in the functional organization which correlates its physicochemical components in living systems, and not in these components taken separately. Drawing on arguments grounded in this approach, this article identifies autonomy, with a set of related organizational properties, as universal properties of life, and includes cognition within this set.

link: http://www.springerlink.com/content/6897214735974231/

 

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  • "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)

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