Information and the Origin of Life

Information and the Origin of Life

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Baker & Taylor
Suggests a theory concerning the origin of life from inorganic matter, that includes the interplay between chance and natural law, and the role of information theory

MIT Press

The relationship between law and chance in the early evolution of life is the guidingtheme of this provocative study. The author explores modern ideas about the origin of life from thestandpoint of philosophy of science, emphasizing the contribution made by information theory.Küppersasserts that all life phenomena are steered by information and that this information is alreadydefined materially in a universal form at the level of the biological macromolecule. The question ofthe origin of life turns out to be the question of the origin of biological informationInformationand the Origin of Life takes up the fundamental problems of whether and, if so, to what extent theorigin of semantic information during evolution can be explained as a general phenomenon within theframework of physics and chemistry. The results could have far-reaching consequences for such fieldsas the philosophy of mind and artificial intelligence.Bernd-Olaf Küppers has long focused hisattention on basic questions of natural science and the philosophy of science at the borders ofphysics, chemistry, and biology. He has been engaged since 1971 in research at the Max PlanckInstitute for Biophysical Chemistry, and from 1979 to 1984 he held lecture courses in philosophy atthe University of Göttingen

The relationship between law and chance in the early evolution of life is the guiding theme of this provocative study.

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Highlights a mysterious phase of the evolutionary process the origin of life from inorganic matter. According to Kuppers (Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry), every life form is steered by information that is defined at the level of the macromolecule. Life turns out to be the result of a process of self-organization of matter beginning with the origin of information. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©1990
ISBN: 9780585365824
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxi, 215 pages) : illustrations


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