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The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision
Preface Acknowledgements Introduction: paradigms in science and society Part I. The Mechanistic World View: 1. The Newtonian world-machine 2. The mechanistic view of life 3. Mechanistic social
Autopoiesis: a review and a reappraisal
  • P. Luisi
  • Art
    Naturwissenschaften
  • 10 January 2003
TLDR
Why the theory of autopoiesis had a difficult time being accepted into the mainstream of life-science research is commented on and how cognition, so defined, permits us to build a bridge between biology and cognitive science is shown.
Synthesizing life
Advances in directed evolution and membrane biophysics make the synthesis of simple living cells, if not yet foreseeable reality, an imaginable goal. Overcoming the many scientific challenges along
The emergence of life : from chemical origins to synthetic biology
TLDR
The conceptual framework of the research on the origin of life on Earth includes approaches to the definitions of life, self-organization, autopoiesis, and the logic of cellular life.
Autopoiesis with or without cognition: defining life at its edge
TLDR
By comparing a micro-organism with a vesicle that uptakes a precursor for its own self-reproduction, the conclusion is arrived at that the very lowest level of cognition is the condition for life, and that autopoiesis alone is only a necessary, but not sufficient, condition forlife.
Synthesizing life : Paths to unforeseeable science & technology
Advances in directed evolution and membrane biophysics make the synthesis of simple living cells, if not yet foreseeable reality, an imaginable goal. Overcoming the many scientific challenges along
About Various Definitions of Life
  • P. Luisi
  • Philosophy
    Origins of life and evolution of the biosphere
  • 1 October 1998
TLDR
The old question of a definition of minimal life is taken up again at the aim of providing a forum for an updated discussion and how the different definitions of life reflect the main schools of thought that presently dominate the field on the origin of life.
Autopoietic Self-Reproduction of Fatty Acid Vesicles
Conditions are described under which vesicles formed by caprylic acid and oleic acid in water are able to undergo autopoietic self-reproduction-namely an increase of their population number due to a
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