The Organic Codes: An Introduction to Semantic Biology

Cambridge University Press (2003)
Abstract
The genetic code appeared on Earth with the first cells. The codes of cultural evolution arrived almost four billion years later. These are the only codes that are recognized by modern biology. In this book, however, Marcello Barbieri explains that there are many more organic codes in nature, and their appearance not only took place throughout the history of life but marked the major steps of that history. A code establishes a correspondence between two independent 'worlds', and the codemaker is a third party between those 'worlds'. Therefore the cell can be thought of as a trinity of genotype, phenotype and ribotype. The ancestral ribotypes were the agents which gave rise to the first cells. The book goes on to explain how organic codes and organic memories can be used to shed new light on the problems encountered in cell signalling, epigenesis, embryonic development, and the evolution of language
Keywords Biology Philosophy  Semantics (Philosophy  Evolution (Biology  Developmental biology  Epigenesis Mathematical models
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Call number QH331.B247 2003
ISBN(s) 0521531004   0521824141   9780521531009
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