Essays on Life Itself (Complexity in Ecological Systems)
By: Robert Rosen (author)Hardback
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Compiling twenty articles on the nature of life and on the objective of the natural sciences, this remarkable book complements Robert Rosen's groundbreaking Life Itself-a work that influenced a wide range of philosophers, biologists, linguists, and social scientists. In Essays on Life Itself, Rosen takes to task the central objective of the natural sciences, calling into question the attempt to create objectivity in a subjective world and forcing us to reconsider where science can lead us in the years to come.
Robert Rosen was professor emeritus of biophysics at Dalhousie University and the author of books including Life Itself (Columbia 1991), Principles of Mathematical Biology, and Principles of Measurement.
PrefacePart I : On Biology and Physics1. The Schr dinger Question, What Is Life? Fifty-Five Years Later2. Biological Challenges to Contemporary Paradigms of Physics and Mimetics3. What Is Biology?Part II : On Biology and the Mind4. The Church-Pythagoras Thesis5. Drawing the Boundary Between Subject and Object: Comments on the Mind-Brain Problem6. Mind as Phenotype7. On Psychomimesis8. The Mind-Brain Problem and the Physics of ReductionismPart III : On Genericity9. Genericity as Information10. Syntactics and Semantics in Languages11. How Universal Is a Universal Unfolding?12. System Closure and Dynamical Degeneracy13. Some Random Thoughts About Chaos and Some Chaotic Thoughts About RandomnessPart IV: Similarity and Dissimilarity in Biology14. Optimality in Biology and Medicine15. Morphogenesis in Networks16. Order and Disorder in Biological Control Systems17. What Does It Take to Make an Organism?Part V: On Biology and Technology18. Some Lessons of Biology19. Bionics Revisited20. On the Philosophy of Craft21. Cooperation and Chimera22. Are Our Modeling Paradigms Nongeneric?ReferencesIndex
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