Posted by: Mark Waser | Jan 25, 2012

There is much less “information processing” than it is assumed by the “life-as- information” or “life-as-computation” metaphor that has dominated biology for the last 50 years.  Constructions at all levels, from protein molecules, through cells, tissues, individual organisms, up to social institutions and culture represent embodied knowledge that has been accumulating and retained in evolution by natural selection.  Triggering of predetermined responses, and, indeed, selection from them, seems to be a more appropriate description than information processing.

Ladislav Kováč, Life, chemistry, and cognition

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