Top-down causation and the rise of information in the emergence of life

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Abstract

Biological systems represent a unique class of physical systems in how they process and manage information. This suggests that changes in the flow and distribution of information played a prominent role in the origin of life. Here I review and expand on an emerging conceptual framework suggesting that the origin of life may be identified as a transition in causal structure and information flow, and detail some of the implications for understanding the early stages chemical evolution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)424-439
Number of pages16
JournalInformation (Switzerland)
Volume5
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

Keywords

  • Emergence
  • Origin of life
  • Top-down causation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems

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