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Organicism and Complexity:: Whitehead and Kauffman

Wahida Khandker

in Philosophy, Animality and the Life Sciences

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780748676774
eISBN:
9781474406468
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748676774.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter focuses on the writings of Alfred North Whitehead and the complexity theorist, Stuart Kauffman, both of whom undertake critiques of certain scientific conceptions of life and organic ... More


Kauffman’s Framework for Gene Regulation

Roger Sansom

in Ingenious Genes: How Gene Regulation Networks Evolve to Control Development

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262195812
eISBN:
9780262298209
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262195812.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter focuses on the work of Stuart Kauffman, specifically on his comprehensive model of gene regulation. Kauffman attempts to explain the order of organisms by studying the order of gene ... More


Ingenious Genes: How Gene Regulation Networks Evolve to Control Development

Roger Sansom

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262195812
eISBN:
9780262298209
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262195812.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Each of us is a collection of more than ten trillion cells, busy performing tasks crucial to our continued existence. Gene regulation networks, consisting of a subset of genes called transcription ... More


What is the Theory of Evolution?

John Dupré

in Darwin’s Legacy: What Evolution Means Today

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199284214
eISBN:
9780191700286
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199284214.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter examines evolution theory as a general proposition but not so much as a scientific theory. How the evolutionary thought started can be explained by the simple fact that life on Earth ... More


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