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The Origin and Evolution of Complex Enough Systems in Biology

Erkki Brändas;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2017
  • Publisher: Uppsala universitet, Teoretisk kemi
  • Country: Sweden
Abstract
Recent criticisms of Neo-Darwinism are considered and disputed within the setting of recent advances in chemical physics. A related query, viz., the ontological thesis, that everything is physical, confronts a crucial test on the validity of reductionism as a fundamental approach to science. While traditional ‘physicalism’ interprets evolution as a sequence of physical accidents governed by the second law of thermodynamics, the concepts of biology concern processes that owe their goal-directedness to the influence of an evolved program. This disagreement is met by unifying basic aspects of chemistry and physics, formulating the Correlated Dissipative Ensemble, C...
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free text keywords: Physical Chemistry, Fysikalisk kemi, Ontology, Unitary transformation, Second law of thermodynamics, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Dissipative system, Biology, Epistemology, Physicalism, Living systems, Physics, Reductionism, Quantum statistical mechanics
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