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Essays on Life Itself

ISBN-10: 0231105118

ISBN-13: 9780231105118

Edition: 2000

Authors: Robert Rosen

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Compiling 22 articles on the nature of life and the natural sciences, this book complements Robert Rosen's groundbreaking Life Itself, a work that influenced philosophers, biologists, linguistics and social scientists.
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Book details

List price: $42.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 11/23/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

James Joyce was born on February 2, 1882, in Dublin, Ireland, into a large Catholic family. Joyce was a very good pupil, studying poetics, languages, and philosophy at Clongowes Wood College, Belvedere College, and the Royal University in Dublin. Joyce taught school in Dalkey, Ireland, before marrying in 1904. Joyce lived in Zurich and Triest, teaching languages at Berlitz schools, and then settled in Paris in 1920 where he figured prominently in the Parisian literary scene, as witnessed by Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast. Joyce's collection of fine short stories, Dubliners, was published in 1914, to critical acclaim. Joyce's major works include A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses, Finnegans Wake, and Stephen Hero. Ulysses, published in 1922, is considered one of the greatest English novels of the 20th century. The book simply chronicles one day in the fictional life of Leopold Bloom, but it introduces stream of consciousness as a literary method and broaches many subjects controversial to its day. As avant-garde as Ulysses was, Finnegans Wake is even more challenging to the reader as an important modernist work. Joyce died just two years after its publication, in 1941.

Preface
On Biology and Physics
The Schrodinger Question, What Is Life? Fifty-Five Years Later
Biological Challenges to Contemporary Paradigms of Physics and Mimetics
What Is Biology?
On Biology and the Mind
The Church-Pythagoras Thesis
Drawing the Boundary Between Subject and Object: Comments on the Mind-Brain Problem
Mind as Phenotype
On Psychomimesis
The Mind-Brain Problem and the Physics of Reductionism
On Genericity
Genericity as Information
Syntactics and Semantics in Languages
How Universal Is a Universal Unfolding?
System Closure and Dynamical Degeneracy
Some Random Thoughts About Chaos and Some Chaotic Thoughts About Randomness
Similarity and Dissimilarity in Biology
Optimality in Biology and Medicine
Morphogenesis in Networks
Order and Disorder in Biological Control Systems
What Does It Take to Make an Organism?
On Biology and Technology
Some Lessons of Biology
Bionics Revisited
On the Philosophy of Craft
Cooperation and Chimera
Are Our Modeling Paradigms Nongeneric?
References
Index