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Symmetry breaking and functional incompleteness in biological systems

Korenić, Andrej and Perović, Slobodan and Ćirković, Milan and Miquel, Paul-Antoine (2019) Symmetry breaking and functional incompleteness in biological systems. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Symmetry-based explanations using symmetry breaking (SB) as the key explanatory tool have complemented and replaced traditional causal explanations in various domains of physics. The process of spontaneous SB is now a mainstay of contemporary explanatory accounts of large chunks of condensed-matter physics, quantum field theory, nonlinear dynamics, cosmology, and other disciplines. A wide range of empirical research into various phenomena related to symmetries and SB across biological scales has accumulated as well. Led by these results, we identify and explain some common features of the emergence, propagation, and cascading of SB-induced layers across the biosphere. These features are predicated on the thermodynamic openness and intrinsic functional incompleteness of the systems at stake and have not been systematically analyzed from a general philosophical and methodological perspective. We also consider possible continuity of SB across the physical and biological world and discuss the connection between Darwinism and SB-based analysis of the biosphere and its history.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Korenić, Andrej
Perović, Slobodansperovic@f.bg.ac.rs
Ćirković, Milan
Miquel, Paul-Antoine
Keywords: Symmetry breaking; Phase-transitions; Open systems; Homochirality; Biosphere.
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Depositing User: Dr. Slobodan Perovic
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2019 12:57
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2019 14:15
Item ID: 15717
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Date: 6 February 2019
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15717

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