Now available: new book by Aloisious Louie: The Reflection of Life

Continuing the exploration of relational biology in his excellent book, More than Life Itself, Aloisius Louie’s new book: The Reflection of Life: Functional Entailment and Imminence in Relational Biology, is now available, in hardcover and e-book formats. The description by Springer: Presents further developments in the field of relational biology … Continue reading

New book by Aloisious Louie: The Reflection of Life

Continuing the exploration of relational biology in his excellent book, More than Life Itself, Springer has announced the publication of Aloisius Louie’s new book: The Reflection of Life: Functional Entailment and Imminence in Relational Biology, available 4/30/2013. The description by Springer: Presents further developments in the field of relational biology … Continue reading

Louie: “Functional Entailment and Immanent Causation in Relational Biology”

Aloisius Louie has written a new paper for the journal Axiomathes, entitled "Functional Entailment and Immanent Causation in Relational Biology" [1].  The abstract: I explicate the crucial role played by efficient cause in Robert Rosen’s characterization of life, by elaborating on the topic of Aristotelian causality, and exploring the many … Continue reading

Biological Function and Anticipatory Systems

From ScienceNOW Daily News, this story, entitled “Pavlov’s Bacteria?”[1]: Researchers already know that microbes can mount simple responses to changes in their environment, such as acidity fluctuations, by altering their internal workings. If the changes are regular enough, bacteria can respond ahead of time. But systems biologist Saeed Tavazoie of … Continue reading

Crick’s Central Dogma and Closed Causal Loops

A recent article in the Journal of Biology, entitled “Small changes, big results: evolution of morphological discontinuity in mammals” [1], discusses how significant phenotypic changes appear to often be the result of variations of gene expression due to regulatory controls, instead of as a direct result of the primary sequence … Continue reading

Comments on Wells’ “In Defense of Mechanism”

A 2006 paper attempting to criticize some of Rosen’s arguments, entitled “In Defense of Mechanism” by A.J. Wells [1], was recently brought to my attention. The paper makes a lengthy series of erroneous arguments based on misinterpretations of Rosen’s arguments. Wells begins with a list of statements drawn from Rosen’s … Continue reading