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The Origin and Evolution of Complex Enough Systems in Biology
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - Ångström, Theoretical Chemistry. (Erkki Brändas)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5788-7982
2017 (English)In: Progress in Theoretical Chemistry and Physics, ISSN 2215-0129, Vol. 30, 409-437 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Recent criticisms of Neo-Darwinism are considered and disputed within the setting of recent advances in chemical physics. A related query, viz., the ontological thesis, that everything is physical, confronts a crucial test on the validity of reductionism as a fundamental approach to science.  While traditional ‘physicalism’ interprets evolution as a sequence of physical accidents governed by the second law of thermodynamics, the concepts of biology concern processes that owe their goal-directedness to the influence of an evolved program. This disagreement is met by unifying basic aspects of chemistry and physics, formulating the Correlated Dissipative Ensemble, CDE, as a characterization of a ‘complex enough systems’, CES, in biology. The latter entreats dissipative dynamics; non-Hermitian quantum mechanics together with modern quantum statistics thereby establish a precise spatio-temporal order of significance for living systems. The CDE grants a unitary transformation structure that comprises communication protocols of embedded Poisson statistics for molecular recognition and cellular differentiation, providing cell-hierarchies in the organism. The present conception of evolution, founded on communication with a built-in self-referential order, offers a valid argument in favour of Neo-Darwinism, providing an altogether solid response and answer to the criticisms voiced above.

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Cham, Switzerland: Springer Publishing Company, 2017. Vol. 30, 409-437 p.
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Natural Sciences
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Chemistry with specialization in Chemical Physics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-337547DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-50255-7_24OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-337547DiVA: diva2:1169963
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Quantum Systems in Physics, Chemistry and Biology Advances in Concepts and Applications
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