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David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
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Acta Biotheoretica 41 (3) (1993)
Reconsideration of the logistic equation and of its expansion to the special and general Volterra competition equations in terms of mass/energy in phase-space, shows that information on the phase-spatial conditions of resource and consumers determines specific population parameters which, in turn, decide on coexistence and extinction.Thus, introduction ofInformation as a separate and independent biophysical parameter, in analogy, and in addition, to Force in Classical Physics, is necessary. This allows for quantification of informational effects on resource flows and population numbers. As such, different population growth dN/dt during a competitive exclusion process, is theeffect of competition, and not itscause.
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