Some Biochemical Reflections on Information and Communication

  • Erkki J. BrändasEmail author
Part of the Progress in Theoretical Chemistry and Physics book series (PTCP, volume 27)


The biochemical aspects of communication have been investigated via an extended framework of original quantum-statistical concepts. The key idea develops from the notion of a so-called Spatio-Temporal Neumatic, STN, configuration, an open dissipative structure resting on the boundaries connecting micro-, meso- and macroscopic levels. In this category one finds de novo self-organization of molecular motion, enzymatic catalysis and the self-assembly of nano-structures all the way to biologically relevant processes like cell evolution, cellular neurobiology etc. The possibility to store and communicate coded messages in this enlarged organization is documented and recognized, unifying various proposals of theoretical understanding including in particular the law of Gödelian self-reference. It is demonstrated that intra-cell and inter-cell order leads to differentiation through a Poissonian modus operandi. The latter lacks intrinsic memory, but its statistical nature gives way to something non-intrinsic of teleonomic significance. Various consequences of this idea prompt a broadened notion of communication and information, generating encodable cell differentiation through cell quality value factors resonating through original communication channels accessible through Poisson statistics. It is shown that inter-cell communication is temporally dominated while intra-cell information is largely spatio-controlled. The nested (spatio-temporal) property of the “code of codes” extends from the genetic- through the socio-, ecological- and to the cosmological rank, while taking account of a more stringent and appraisable representation of the contemporary concept of a meme.


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The author thanks the organiser of QSCP XVII, Prof. Matti Hotokka, Åbo Akademi University, Turku for friendly cooperation, an excellent programme and outstanding organization as well as generous hospitality. The present research has, over the years, been supported by the Swedish Natural Science Research Council, the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, The European Commission and the Nobel Foundation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ångström Laboratory, Theoretical Chemistry, Department of ChemistryUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

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