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Cognitive Biology

Gennaro Auletta

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199608485
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729539 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608485.001.0001
Cognitive Biology

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The book provides a new conceptual scaffold for further research in biology and cognition by introducing the new field of Cognitive Biology. It is a systems biology approach showing that further progress in this field will depend on a deep recognition of developmental processes, as well as on the consideration of the developed organism as an agent able to modify and control its surrounding environment. The role of cognition, the means through which the organism is able to cope with its environment, cannot be underestimated. In particular, it is shown that this activity is grounded on a theory of information based on Bayesian probabilities. The organism is considered as a cybernetic system able to integrate a processor as a source of variety (the genetic system), a regulator of its own homeostasis (the metabolic system), and a selecting system separating the self from the non-self (the membrane in unicellular organisms).

Keywords: information acquiring; information controlling; information interpreting; teleonomy; teleology; sign; symbol; constraint; system

Book.  880 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Physics

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Introduction in Cognitive Biology

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The Brain: An Outlook in Cognitive Biology

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Vision in Cognitive Biology

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General Features of Life in Cognitive Biology

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Phylogeny in Cognitive Biology

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