The Problem of Medium-Independence in Artificial Life

  • Claus Emmeche
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 270)


One version of the Artificial Life research programme presumes, that one can separate the logical form of an organism from its material basis of construction, and that its capacity to live and reproduce is a property of the form, not the matter. This seems to contradict the notion of a cell within contemporary molecular biology, according to which “form” and “matter” do not represent separate realms. The information in a living cell is intimately bound to the properties of the material substrate. This condition may represent a restriction on the validity of formal theories of life.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claus Emmeche
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  1. 1.Institute of Computer and Systems SciencesFrederiksberg CDenmark

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