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What is so informative about information?

  • Carlos M. Hamame (a1), Diego Cosmelli (a1) and Francisco Aboitiz (a1)

Abstract

Understanding evolution beyond a gene-centered vision is a fertile ground for new questions and approaches. However, in this systemic perspective, we take issue with the necessity of the concept of information. Through the example of brain and language evolution, we propose the autonomous systems theory as a more biologically relevant framework for the evolutionary perspective offered by Jablonka & Lamb (J&L).

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