Category: biology

  • The Uses of a Screwdriver Cannot be Listed Algorithmically

    A quote from Stuart A. Kauffman, Foreword: Evolution beyond Newton, Darwin, and Entailing Law. In Beyond Mechanism: Putting Life Back Into Biology p. 9 “Here is the first ‘strange’ step. Can you name all the uses of a screwdriver, alone, or with other objects or process? Well, screw in a a screw, open a paint can, wedge…

  • Thermodynamics of evolution

    Prigogine, I., G. Nicolis & A. Babloyantz (1972). Thermodynamics of evolution. Physics Today 25(11), 23-28. “The functional order maintained within living systems seems to defy the Second Law; nonequilibrium thermodynamics describes how such systems come to terms with entropy.” Prigogine, I., G. Nicolis & A. Babloyantz (1972). Thermodynamics of evolution. Physics Today 25(12), 38-44. “The…

  • Schrödinger’s Order, Disorder and Entropy

    Recently I have made a talk “Does Entropy Play a Role in Biology?” where I have made a short introduction to the thermodynamic entropy and discussed misconceptions of the entropy in biology. Now I see that I have missed to mention an important text that seemed to play a big role in raising one particular…

  • Biologism and Christianity

    It seems that biologism and the Christian religion are at odds, see for example The God Delusion. Well, the contradiction seems to be apparent. For example, statements “God has created” and “Evolution has created” are very similar. Jeffrey Gray has once mentioned “For the good fit between conscious experience and outside reality, the idealist philosopher Berkley called…

  • Resuscitation of Hamsters after Supercooling

    Robert Karl Stonjek in the discussion on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/groups/rks.consciousness/10150829992540115/ has mentioned: “On the suspension of life, it was James Lovelock and his colleagues in the 1950s that were freezing hamsters and then bringing them back to life.” Also he has quoted ‘Homage to Gaia: The Life of an Independent Scientist’ by James Lovelock, P.108-9 (hardcover version):…

  • Books on entropy and information

    A list of books from Prof Gordon http://groups.google.com/group/embryophysics/msg/e9229530251b7d58 While I might agree with you on the misuse of “entropy” in biology, many people would disagree with you, as evidenced by the list of books below. Adami, C. & N.J. Cerf (1999). What information theory can tell us about quantum reality. In: Quantum Computing and Quantum…

  • Quantum Microbiology

    J. T. Trevors and L. Masson Quantum Microbiology Curr. Issues Mol. Biol. 13: 43-50, 2011 http://www.horizonpress.com/cimb/v/v13/43.pdf A couple of sentence from the abstract to show what the paper is about. “During his famous 1943 lecture series at Trinity College Dublin, the renown physicist Erwin Schrödinger discussed the failure and challenges of interpreting life by classical…

  • Perception, Feedback, and Qualia

    Dick and Natalie Gordon have started a course Embryogenesis Explained in Second Life. The course is based on the book that they write. The first lecture was How Embryogenesis Began in Evolution and it corresponds to the first chapter in the book. I should say that I like the lecture as well as the draft…