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Biological Codes and Topological Causation

Jantzen, Benjamin and Danks, David (2008) Biological Codes and Topological Causation. [Preprint]


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Various causal details of the genetic process of translation have been singled out to account for its privileged status as a “code”. We explicate the biological uses of coding talk by characterizing a class of special causal processes in which topological properties are the causally relevant ones. This class contains both the process of translation and communication theoretic coding processes as special cases. We propose a formalism in terms of graphs for expressing our theory of biological codes and discuss its utility in understanding biological systems.

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Item Type: Preprint
Jantzen, Benjamin
Danks, David
Additional Information: (forthcoming in Philosophy of Science)
Keywords: codes, coding, information, parity, translation
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
Specific Sciences > Biology
General Issues > Causation
Depositing User: Benjamin Jantzen
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:16
Item ID: 4100

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