Information, arbitrariness, and selection: Comments on Maynard Smith

Philosophy of Science 67 (2):202-207 (2000)

Abstract

Maynard Smith is right that one of the most striking features of contemporary biology is the ever-increasing prominence of the concept of information, along with related concepts like representation, programming, and coding. Maynard Smith is also right that this is surely a phenomenon which philosophers of science should examine closely. We should try to understand exactly what sorts of theoretical commitment are made when biological systems are described in these terms, and what connection there is between semantic descriptions in biology and in other domains.

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Peter Godfrey-Smith
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