Self-organization paper of interest: Biological regulation: controlling the system from within
|January 16, 2017||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Self-Org. Theory|
Friends note, from Biology & Philosophy (Springer):
Biological regulation is what allows an organism to handle the effects of a perturbation, modulating its own constitutive dynamics in response to particular changes in internal and external conditions. With the central focus of analysis on the case of minimal living systems, we argue that regulation consists in a specific form of second-order control, exerted over the core (constitutive) regime of production and maintenance of the components that actually put together the organism. The main argument is that regulation requires a distinctive architecture of functional relationships, and specifically the action of a dedicated subsystem whose activity is dynamically decoupled from that of the constitutive regime. We distinguish between two major ways in which control mechanisms contribute to the maintenance of a biological organisation in response to internal and external perturbations: dynamic stability and regulation. Based on this distinction an explicit definition and a set of organisational requirements for regulation are provided, and thoroughly illustrated through the examples of bacterial chemotaxis and the lac-operon. The analysis enables us to mark out the differences between regulation and closely related concepts such as feedback, robustness and homeostasis. (paywall) More. – Bich, L., Mossio, M., Ruiz-Mirazo, K. et al. Biol Philos (2016) 31: 237. doi:10.1007/s10539-015-9497-8
But how does this second-order control take shape without design in nature? It’s the old “monkeys with typewriters bang out Shakespeare” problem again, if the argument is that “natural selection” works some magic on randomness.
See also: Natural genetic engineering? Natural popcorn? Or something more important?
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