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From “the dialectics of nature” to the inorganic gene

Mackay, Alan L. (1999) From “the dialectics of nature” to the inorganic gene. Foundations of Chemistry 1 (1), pp. 43-56. ISSN 1386-4238.


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The concept of projection from one space to another, with a consequent loss of information, can be seen in the relationships of gene to protein and language description to real situation. Such a transformation can only be reversed if extra external information is re-supplied. The genetic algorithm embodying this idea is now used in applied mathematics for exploring a configuration space. Such a dialectic – transformation back and forth between two kinds of description – extends the traditional Hegelian concept used by Engels and others of change as resulting from a resolution of the conflict of two opposing tendencies and provides for evolution of the joint system.

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School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Biological Sciences
Depositing User: Sandra Plummer
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2005
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:32

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