New Paper: “On the emergence of biology from chemistry: a discontinuist perspective from the point of view of stability and regulation”

On the emergence of biology from chemistry: a discontinuist perspective from the point of view of stability and regulation

with Luisa Damiano

Published in Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres

Abstract:

In this paper we argue that molecular evolution, and the evolution of prebiotic and early biological systems are qualitatively different processes, in which a crucial role is played respectively by structural stability and by dynamical mechanisms of regulation and integration. These different features entail also distinct modalities of interaction between system and environment that need to be taken into consideration when discussing  molecular and biological evolution and selection.

Link: http://www.springerlink.com/content/16083346836wlu47/

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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)
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