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)   The issue includes our paper Mossio, M., and Bich, L. (2017). What makes biological organisation teleological? Synthese, 194(4), 1089-1114. Preprint here  

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

New book chapter on Autopoiesis (in Spanish): Bich, L. and Moreno, A. Autonomía biológica y las raíces de la cognición. El rol de la regulación en la emergencia de un mundo endógenamente generado.

Bich, L. and Moreno, A. (2013). Autonomía biológica y las raíces de la cognición. El rol de la regulación en la emergencia de un mundo endógenamente generado. In P. Razeto and R. Ramos (eds.), Autopoiesis. Un Concepto Vivo, Santiago de Chile: Editorial Universitas Nueva Civilización, 75-95. text here English Abstract: This paper addresses the issue of the … Continue reading

New Paper published in Erkenntnis: Mossio, M., Bich, L. and Moreno, A. (2013). “Emergence, closure and inter-level causation in biological systems”

Abstract In this paper, we advocate the idea that an adequate explanation of biological systems requires appealing to organisational closure as an emergent causal regime. We first develop a theoretical justification of emergence in terms of relatedness, by arguing that configurations, because of the relatedness among their constituents, possess ontologically irreducible properties, providing them with … Continue reading

Entry “Autopoietic Systems” in the Encyclopedia of Systems Biology

Bich, L & Exteberria, A. (2013). Systems, Autopoietic. In W. Dubitzky, O. Wolkenhauer, K.-H Cho, & H. Yokota (eds.), Encyclopedia of Systems Biology. New York: Springer 2110-2113. (Here)

  • "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)