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Evolutionary TheoryA Hierarchical Perspective$
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Niles Eldredge, Telmo Pievani, Emanuele Serrelli, and Ilya Tëmkin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226426051

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226426198.001.0001

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Information and Energy in Biological Hierarchical Systems

Information and Energy in Biological Hierarchical Systems

(p.127) Information and Energy in Biological Hierarchical Systems
Evolutionary Theory

Ilya Tëmkin

Emanuele Serrelli

University of Chicago Press

The dual hierarchical framework of the hierarchy theory of evolution proposes information transfer and matter-energy exchange as two distinct and fundamental organization principles of the biological world. This contribution attempts to provide operational definitions of information and energy. Evolution processes the information-bearing states of biological systems at various levels, from individual development to inter-organism sorting such as natural selection to sorting among more inclusive systems. Evolution also shapes the mechanisms of coding and interpretation of information. Energy has an intimate relationship with the stability of organization of biological systems, and energy transformations affect the fate (origin, transformation, and loss) of information at multiple levels.

Keywords:   biological information, energy, sorting, natural selection, hierarchy theory of evolution, selection, biology

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