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Complexity: A Necessary Condition

Gennaro Auletta

in Cognitive Biology

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199608485
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729539 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608485.003.0007
Complexity: A Necessary Condition

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In order to explain how the brain and also elementary organisms are able to refer to external things and processes we need to consider complexity. Complexity is a specific combination of order and disorder in which several subsystems are interconnected but do not share an overall information. This allows for information encapsulation and modularization as well as for the necessary plasticity of organisms. A proto-metabolism can emerge when several autocatalytic processes are interconnected.

Keywords: complexity; mutual information; autocatalysis; information encapsulation

Chapter.  21897 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Physics

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