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Are self-organizing biochemical networks emergent?

Malaterre, Christophe (2009) Are self-organizing biochemical networks emergent? [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    Biochemical networks are often called upon to illustrate emergent properties of living systems. In this contribution, I question such emergentist claims by means of theoretical work on genetic regulatory models and random Boolean networks. If the existence of a critical connectivity Kc of such networks has often been coined “emergent” or “irreducible”, I propose on the contrary that the existence of a critical connectivity Kc is indeed mathematically explainable in network theory. This conclusion also applies to many other types of formal networks and weakens the emergentist claim attached to bio-molecular networks, and by extension to living systems.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: Free access article published in: http://www.origins-and-evolution.org/index.php?option=com_article&access=standard&Itemid=129&url=/articles/orvie/abs/2009/01/orvie08010/orvie08010.html
    Keywords: Emergence, random boolean networks, critical connectivity, genetic regulatory models
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
    General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
    Depositing User: Christophe Malaterre
    Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2010
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:19
    Item ID: 5413
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/5413

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