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Author Pattee, H. H. (Howard Hunt), 1926-
Title Laws, language and life : Howard Pattee's classic papers on the physics of symbols with contemporary commentary by Howard Pattee and Joanna Raczaszek-Leonardi / by Howard Hunt Pattee, Joanna Raczaszek-Leonardi.
Imprint Dordrecht ; New York : Springer, 2012.

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Author Pattee, H. H. (Howard Hunt), 1926-
Series Biosemiotics ; v. 7
Biosemiotics ; v. 7.
Subject Biology -- Semiotics.
Alt Name Rączaszek-Leonardi, Joanna.
Description 1 online resource.
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Contents Commentary and History -- Introduction--What These Papers Are About -- The Pattee Papers in Chronological Order -- The Physical Basis of Coding and Reliability in Biological Evolution -- How Does a Molecule Become a Message? -- Physical Problems of Decision-Making Constraints -- Laws and Constraints, Symbols and Languages -- The Physical Basis and Origin of Hierarchical Control -- Postscript: Unsolved Problems and Potential Applications of Hierarchy Theory -- Discrete and Continuous Processes in Computers and Brains -- The Complementarity Principle in Biological and Social Structures -- Clues from Molecular Symbol Systems -- Cell Psychology: An Evolutionary Approach to the Symbol-Matter Problem -- Universal Principles of Measurement and Language Functions in Evolving Systems -- Instabilities and Information in Biological Self-organization -- Evolving Self-reference: Matter, Symbols, and Semantic Closure -- Artificial Life Needs a Real Epistemology -- The Problem of Observables in Models of Biological Organizations -- Causation, Control, and the Evolution of Complexity -- The Necessity of Biosemiotics: Matter-Symbol Complementarity -- Afterword -- Language as a System of Replicable Constraints.
Summary Howard Pattee is a physicist who for many years has taken his own path in studying the physics of symbols, which is now a foundation for biosemiotics. By extending von Neumann's logical requirements for self-replication, to the physical requirements of symbolic instruction at the molecular level, he concludes that a form of quantum measurement is necessary for life. He explains why all non-dynamic symbolic and informational controls act as special (allosteric) constraints on dynamical systems. Pattee also points out that symbols do not exist in isolation but in coordinated symbol systems we ca.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references.
Note English.
Access Online access available only to subscribers.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9789400751613 (electronic bk.)
9400751613 (electronic bk.)
9400751605 (print)
9789400751606 (print)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1007/978-94-007-5161-3
OCLC # 822030023
Additional Format Print version: Pattee, H.H. (Howard Hunt), 1926- Laws, langugae and life. Dordrecht ; London : Springer, 2013 9789400751606 (OCoLC)815367288

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