Evolutionary Transitions and Top-Down Causation

@article{Walker2012EvolutionaryTA,
  title={Evolutionary Transitions and Top-Down Causation},
  author={Sara I. Walker and Luis Cisneros and Paul C. W. Davies},
  journal={arXiv: Adaptation and Self-Organizing Systems},
  year={2012},
  pages={283-290}
}
  • Sara I. Walker, Luis Cisneros, Paul C. W. Davies
  • Published 2012
  • Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Computer Science
  • arXiv: Adaptation and Self-Organizing Systems
  • Top-down causation has been suggested to occur at all scales of biological organization as a mechanism for explaining the hierarchy of structure and causation in living systems. Here we propose that a transition from bottom-up to top-down causation -- mediated by a reversal in the flow of information from lower to higher levels of organization, to that from higher to lower levels of organization -- is a driving force for most major evolutionary transitions. We suggest that many major… CONTINUE READING

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