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Godelian Structures and Self-Organization in Biological Systems
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Physical and Analytical Chemistry, Quantum Chemistry.
2011 (English)In: International Journal of Quantum Chemistry, ISSN 0020-7608, E-ISSN 1097-461X, Vol. 111, no 7-8, 1321-1332 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In 1986, Seel and Ladik asked, which role Godel's incompleteness theorem should have in a basic theory of biology. Recently, the author has tried to collect the conditions, which such a meta-theory must fulfill. A further argument concerned the deeper connection between classical canonical forms of so-called (triangular) Jordan blocks in the description of open quantal systems far from equilibrium and those of self-referential contradictions and paradoxes in philosophy and mathematical logic. Related examples were quoted from the emergence of self-organization in so-called dissipative structures with applications to both fundamental-and of higher order levels of organization. To bring this analogy closer together, we have developed a quantum logical formalism, describing such a Godelian situation, via the characterization of a well-defined "truth matrix." In this setting, the modus operandi of exploiting self-referential traits and paradoxical inconsistencies emphasize the possibility of a meta-code in complicated enough (biological) systems. In conclusion, we will revisit situations were the aforementioned self-referential property, together with the laws of physics and chemistry will guide our understanding of biology. We will finally consider subsequent implications on the various positions on artificial intelligence.

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2011. Vol. 111, no 7-8, 1321-1332 p.
Keyword [en]
Jordan block, dissipative structure, Godel's incompleteness theorem, self-referential systems, structure-matter dilemma, artificial intelligence
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Chemical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-152852DOI: 10.1002/qua.22616ISI: 000288873300009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-152852DiVA: diva2:414110
Available from: 2011-05-02 Created: 2011-05-02 Last updated: 2011-05-02Bibliographically approved

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