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Laws and Constraints, Symbols and Languages

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Part of the book series: Biosemiotics ((BSEM,volume 7))

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In an earlier paper, “How Does a Molecule Become a Message?” written for the 28th Symposium of the Society for Developmental Biology (Pattee 1970a), many of the ideas in my chapter “The Problem of Biological Hierarchy” (Pattee 1970b), in the third volume of Towards a Theoretical Biology, were further developed. I would like to add here a summary of my more recent thoughts on these fundamental problems as they have evolved since writing those papers.

Reprinted from Towards a Theoretical Biology 4, C. H. Waddington, Ed. Edinburgh University Press, 1972, pp. 248–258.

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Pattee, H.H. (2012). Laws and Constraints, Symbols and Languages. In: LAWS, LANGUAGE and LIFE. Biosemiotics, vol 7. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-5161-3_5

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