The Organic Codes: An Introduction to Semantic Biology / Edition 1

The Organic Codes: An Introduction to Semantic Biology / Edition 1

by Marcello Barbieri

Marcello Barbieri presents new theories on the origins of life, and embryonic development.See more details below


Marcello Barbieri presents new theories on the origins of life, and embryonic development.

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Cambridge University Press
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1The microscope and the cell9
The cell theory10
The problem of generation12
The problem of embryonic development15
The two versions of the cell theory17
The chemical machine21
The computer model24
The autopoietic cell27
The epigenetic cell29
Ch. 2Theories of evolution33
Traditional biology34
Lamarck's contribution36
Darwin's bet38
Natural selection40
Organs of extreme perfection41
Common descent44
The second mechanism of evolution49
The Modern Synthesis51
Molecular evolution54
The third mechanism of evolution57
Where is biology going to?63
Ch. 3A new model for biology67
The logic of embryonic development67
Reconstructions from incomplete projections69
A memory-building approach71
The algebraic method75
The theoretical limit79
ART: an iterative algebraic method80
The memory matrix82
Density modulation84
MRM: the family of memory algorithms86
The two general principles of MRM89
Ch. 4Organic codes and organic memories93
The characteristics of codes93
The organic codes' fingerprints96
The bridge between genes and organism99
The splicing codes101
The signal transduction codes105
Contextual information111
Determination and cell memory112
The other face of pattern114
Hints from developing neurons117
The key structures of embryonic development119
Ch. 5The origin of life121
The primitive Earth122
Chemical evolution127
Postchemical evolution129
The metabolism paradigm131
The replication paradigm134
The RNA world138
Replication catastrophes140
Eigen's paradox142
The ribotype theory145
The genetic code148
Evolution of the code155
The ribotype metaphor157
Copymakers and codemakers159
The handicapped replicator161
Ch. 6Prokaryotes and eukaryotes163
The potassium world164
Two forms of life166
Three primary kingdoms168
The last common ancestor173
The origins of bacteria175
The cytoskeleton178
The compartments180
The seven kingdoms185
Three thousand million years187
Ch. 7The Cambrian explosion191
The fossil record192
The experimental data193
Body plans and phylotypic stages196
The traditional explanations201
The Cambrian singularity202
The stumbling-block203
The reconstruction model204
Multicellular structures206
Biological memories209
A new model of the Cambrian explosion210
The conservation of the phylotypic stage213
Ch. 8Semantic biology217
The semantic theory of the cell219
The semantic theory of embryonic development221
The mind problem224
The semantic theory of mental development226
Artifacts and natural selection228
The semantic theory of evolution229
About organic codes234
The language model236
The Individuality Thesis237
The development of semantic biology240
Ch. 9A brief summary243
The first principle244
The second principle245
The third principle246
The fourth principle247
The first model248
The second model249
The third model250
The fourth model251
AppDefinitions of life255

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