Basic Autonomy as a Fundamental Step in the Synthesis of Life

  title={Basic Autonomy as a Fundamental Step in the Synthesis of Life},
  author={Kepa Ruiz-Mirazo and Alvaro Moreno},
  journal={Artificial Life},
In the search for the primary roots of autonomy (a pivotal concept in Varela's comprehensive understanding of living beings), the theory of autopoiesis provided an explicit criterion to define minimal life in universal terms, and was taken as a guideline in the research program for the artificial synthesis of biological systems. Acknowledging the invaluable contribution of the autopoietic school to present biological thinking, we offer an alternative way of conceiving the most basic forms of… CONTINUE READING


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