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

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

SIMPOSIO AUTOPOIESIS 40 AÑOS. UN CONCEPTO VIVO. (25-29 noviembre 2013, Santiago, Chile)

Conference organized by the Instituto de Filosofia y Ciencia de la Complejidad de Santiago, Chile ( Hace 40 años apareció la primera publicación en que se habló de Autopoiesis. Creado por los biólogos chilenos Humberto Maturana y Francisco Varela en 1973, “Autopoiesis” es un concepto con un impacto intelectual mundial de tal … 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)

CFP – “Synthetic Modeling of Life and Cognition: Open Questions” (SMLC 2013) – 12-14.09.2013, Bergamo, Italy

Call for Papers Workshop “Synthetic Modeling of Life and Cognition: Open Questions” (SMLC 2013) 12-14th September 2013, University of Bergamo, Italy Organizers: Luisa Damiano (University of Bergamo) & Vincent C. Müller (Anatolia College/ACT & University of Oxford) Website: In recent decades researchers in various scientific domains have been working intensely on procedures directed to exploring … Continue reading

New BOOK on the Theory and Epistemology of Biology (and Complex Systems) from a systemic point of view based on the framework of Autonomy and Autopoiesis

Title: L’ordine invisibile. Organizzazione, autonomia e complessità del vivente (The Invisible Order. Organization, Autonomy and Complexity of the Living). Preface by Gianluca Bocchi Abstract: Che cos’è il vivente e cosa lo differenzia da un sistema fisico o da un artefatto? Ripartire dalla domanda fondamentale della biologia, troppo spesso ignorata, significa ripensarne i fondamenti teorici ed epistemologici. Significa affrontare i grandi temi del … 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)