Compiling twenty articles on the nature of life and on the objective of the natural sciences, this remarkable book complements Robert Rosen's groundbreaking Life Itselfa work that influenced a wide range of philosophers, biologists, linguists, and social scientists. In Essays on Life Itself, Rosen takes to task the central objective of the natural sciences, calling into question the attempt to create objectivity in a subjective world and forcing us to reconsider where science can lead us in the years to come.
About the Author
Robert Rosen was professor emeritus of biophysics at Dalhousie University and the author of books including Life Itself (Columbia 1991), Principles of Mathematical Biology, and Principles of Measurement.
Table of ContentsPreface
Part I : On Biology and Physics
1. The Schrödinger Question, What Is Life? Fifty-Five Years Later
2. Biological Challenges to Contemporary Paradigms of Physics and Mimetics
3. What Is Biology?
Part II : On Biology and the Mind
4. The Church-Pythagoras Thesis
5. Drawing the Boundary Between Subject and Object: Comments on the Mind-Brain Problem
6. Mind as Phenotype
7. On Psychomimesis
8. The Mind-Brain Problem and the Physics of Reductionism
Part III : On Genericity
9. Genericity as Information
10. Syntactics and Semantics in Languages
11. How Universal Is a Universal Unfolding?
12. System Closure and Dynamical Degeneracy
13. Some Random Thoughts About Chaos and Some Chaotic Thoughts About Randomness
Part IV: Similarity and Dissimilarity in Biology
14. Optimality in Biology and Medicine
15. Morphogenesis in Networks
16. Order and Disorder in Biological Control Systems
17. What Does It Take to Make an Organism?
Part V: On Biology and Technology
18. Some Lessons of Biology
19. Bionics Revisited
20. On the Philosophy of Craft
21. Cooperation and Chimera
22. Are Our Modeling Paradigms Nongeneric?