Artificial Life VI


Merging the Energetic and the Relational-Constructive Logic of Life

Kepa Ruiz-Mirazo
Department of Logic/ University of the Basque Country

Alvaro Moreno
Department of Logic/ University of the Basque Country

Federico Moran
Department of Biochemistry/ University Complutense of Madrid


Abstract

In this paper we criticize a theoretical standpoint, common in the field of Artificial Life (ALife), which assumes that the energetic and material aspects of living organization are contingent and irrelevant to define its logical essence. We argue, instead, that the relational-constructive logic of a basic biological system and the logic of its physical (thermodynamic) implementation are intertwined. Therefore, this must be taken into account to establish a universal definition of life.


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