Louie paper in MIT Press Artificial Life journal

MIT Press’ Artificial Life journal announces it will publish Aloisius Louie’s rebuttal paper,”A Living System Must Have Noncomputable Models“, to the 2006 Chu-Ho paper “A Category Theoretical Argument against the Possibility of Artificial Life: Robert Rosen’s Central Proof Revisited” (see this post) in the forthcoming Volume 13, Issue 3, Summer … Continue reading

Cull – The mathematical biophysics of Nicolas Rashevsky

Paul Cull has a paper entitled “The mathematical biophysics of Nicolas Rashevsky” in the journal BioSystems, Volume 88, Issue 3, April 2007, Pages 178-184. Link: doi:10.1016/j.biosystems.2006.11.003  Abstract: N. Rashevsky (1899–1972) was one of the pioneers in the application of mathematics to biology. With the slogan:           mathematical biophysics : biology :: mathematical … Continue reading

Wolkenhauer and Hofmeyr paper in JTB

A new paper by Olaf Wolkenhauer and Jannie Hofmeyr, entitled “An abstract cell model that describes the self-organization of cell function in living systems“, appears in the Journal of Theoretical Biology, Volume 246, Issue 3, 7 June 2007, Pages 461-476 . Link: doi:10.1016/j.jtbi.2007.01.005  Preprint: www.sbi.uni-rostock.de/dokumente/wolkenhauer_jtb_selforg.pdf Abstract: The principal aim of systems … Continue reading

Aristotelian Analysis (a.k.a. “Aristotelian Causality”)

  “It was, of course, Aristotle who associated the notion of entailment between phenomena with the question ‘why?’ and answered it with a ‘because’.”   – Robert Rosen, Life Itself Rosen uses Aristotelian analysis throughout Life Itself and Essays on Life Itself for understanding entailment structures in modeling relations. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

A Living System Must Have Noncomputable Models

  The following PDF file contains a pre-print of a rebuttal to a criticism of Rosen’s argument in Life Itself made by Chu and Ho in their paper, “A Category Theoretical Argument against the Possibility of Artificial Life: Robert Rosen’s Central Proof Revisited“, in the MIT Press journal Artificial Life … Continue reading