Biological Self-Organization

Biological Self-Organization

Guenther Witzany (Telos-Philosophische Praxis, Buermoos, Austria)
Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 11
DOI: 10.4018/IJSSS.2014070101
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Biological organisation was long assumed to represent mechanical cause and effect reactions on a quantum theoretical basis following the laws of thermodynamics. Current empirical data show an abundance of signaling molecules that serve as information carriers in the exchange of information between biological agents. More recently an abundance of articles demonstrate successful research on communication processes inherent in the interactions of cells, tissues, organs and organisms in biological processes in all domains of life. Without such biological communication processes no coordination of organizational goals is possible. If biocommunication is disturbed, deformed or damaged organization will happen inappropriately or even incomplete. In contrast to former opinions about the essential features of natural communication recent empirical knowledge indicate a non-mechanistic explanation.
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