Volume 7 2012

LAWS, LANGUAGE and LIFE

Howard Pattee’s classic papers on the physics of symbols with contemporary commentary

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ISBN: 978-94-007-5160-6 (Print) 978-94-007-5161-3 (Online)

Table of contents (19 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv

  2. Commentary and History

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1

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      Pages 3-30

      Introduction—What These Papers Are About

  3. The Pattee Papers in Chronological Order

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 31-31

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      Pages 33-54

      The Physical Basis of Coding and Reliability in Biological Evolution

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      Pages 55-67

      How Does a Molecule Become a Message?

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      Pages 69-79

      Physical Problems of Decision-Making Constraints

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      Pages 81-89

      Laws and Constraints, Symbols and Languages

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      Pages 91-110

      The Physical Basis and Origin of Hierarchical Control

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      Pages 111-124

      Postscript: Unsolved Problems and Potential Applications of Hierarchy Theory

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      Pages 125-142

      Discrete and Continuous Processes in Computers and Brains

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      Pages 143-154

      The Complementarity Principle in Biological and Social Structures

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      Pages 155-163

      Clues from Molecular Symbol Systems

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      Pages 165-179

      Cell Psychology: An Evolutionary Approach to the Symbol-Matter Problem

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      Pages 181-195

      Universal Principles of Measurement and Language Functions in Evolving Systems

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      Pages 197-210

      Instabilities and Information in Biological Self-organization

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      Pages 211-226

      Evolving Self-reference: Matter, Symbols, and Semantic Closure

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      Pages 227-243

      Artificial Life Needs a Real Epistemology

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      Pages 245-259

      The Problem of Observables in Models of Biological Organizations

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      Pages 261-274

      Causation, Control, and the Evolution of Complexity

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      Pages 275-292

      The Necessity of Biosemiotics: Matter-Symbol Complementarity

  4. Afterword

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 293-293

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      Pages 295-333

      Language as a System of Replicable Constraints