Life responds to information, gaining causal efficacy over matter.

Posted: December 24, 2012 in evolution, tool

An information-processing approach to the origin of life | KurzweilAI.

Life responds to information, gaining causal efficacy over matter. That’s the key! http://www.kurzweilai.net/an-information-processing-approach-to-the-origin-of-life via @kurzweilainews

“We believe the transition in the informational architecture of chemical networks is akin to a phase transition in physics, and we place special emphasis on the top-down information flow in which the system as a whole gains causal purchase over its components, This approach will reveal how the logical organization of biological replicators differs crucially from trivial replication associated with crystals (non-life). By addressing the causal role of information directly, many of the baffling qualities of life are explained.”

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