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Biological Information: New Perspectives (Intelligent Systems Reference Library) Hardcover


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Springer; 2012 edition
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3642284531
  • ISBN-13: 978-3642284533
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,713,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert J. Marks II, Ph.D., is a Christian who serves as a Distinguished Professor of Engineering in the Department of Engineering at Baylor University since 2003. He previously served 26 years at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Marks is the recipient of numerous professional awards, including a NASA Tech Brief Award and a best paper award from the American Brachytherapy Society for prostate cancer research. He is Fellow of both IEEE and The Optical Society of America. His consulting activities include Microsoft Corporation, Pacific Gas & Electric, and Boeing Computer Services. His research has been funded by organizations such as the National Science Foundation, General Electric, Southern California Edison, EPRI, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Office of Naval Research, the Whitaker Foundation, Boeing Defense, the National Institutes of Health, The Jet Propulsion Lab, Army Research Office, and NASA.

Professor Marks was awarded the IEEE Outstanding Branch Councilor Award, The IEEE Centennial Medal, the IEEE Neural Networks Society Meritorious Service Award, the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Golden Jubilee Award and, for 2007, the IEEE CIS Chapter of the IEEE Dallas Section Volunteer of the Year award. He was was named a Distinguished Young Alumnus of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, is an inductee into the Texas Tech Electrical Engineering Academy, and in 2007 was awarded the Banned Item of the Year from the Discovery Institute. Dr. Marks served for 17 years as the faculty advisor to the University of Washington's chapter of Campus Crusade for Christ. In 2010, he was listed by CollegeCrunch.com as one of "The 20 Most Brilliant Christian Professors".

Marks was featured in the Ben Stein documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. The film document's the removal of Marks's intelligent design friendly web site from Baylor servers by administration.

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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By D. G. Frank on August 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Where's my handkerchief? I'm drooling!

... my reaction when I first discovered this downloadable (free) book which deals seriously with what I consider to be the quintessential scientific questions of our time: What is the origin and nature of biological information, of mind, and of the cosmos?

This compilation is the proceedings of a symposium held in the spring of 2011 at Cornell University. There are about thirty chapters, submitted by experts in "information theory, computer science, numerical simulation, thermodynamics, evolutionary theory, whole organism biology, developmental biology, molecular biology, genetics, physics, biophysics, mathematics, and linguistics."

If you haven't thought carefully about the notion of "information" before, consider the words you are reading at this very instant. They are likely on your computer screen, or you could be reading a printed copy. Nevertheless, the "information" conveyed is the same. Thus, the "information" is not the material (the medium), your 'mind' is not the cells in your body, and the 'laws of physics' are not the matter in the universe. (This not a new notion of course; consider Aristotle's discussions of form and matter.)

The origin and nature of biological information is becoming increasingly central to the frontiers of biology. Even though we can now efficiently read the `letters' in a biological DNA code, we are only just beginning to learn their meaning and function. And the complexity and sophistication of the information and its storage is far beyond what we'd previously anticipated.

In addition, an entire new field is emerging due to the surprising discovery that a great deal of biological information is "epigenetic," i.e.
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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Mankell fan on August 6, 2013
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This volume includes two papers by Jon Wells that are especially important:

1. "Not Junk After All: Non-Protein-Coding DNA Carries Extensive Biological Information." Note that this conference was held in May/June 2011, over a year before the 2012 ENCODE report that confirmed that much of "junk DNA" was not really junk, and

2. "The Membrane Code: A Carrier of Essential Biological Information That Is Not Specified by DNA and Is Inherited Apart from It." Again, I believe this was written relatively early in the "epigenetic revolution," so both of Wells' papers were somewhat prophetic.

I expect that other papers in this volume may be seen as "prophetic" in a few years.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Giordano Pallastrangelo on August 7, 2013
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Having taken advantage of the free E-book since June, I have come to realize and see that Information is separate and distinct from the matter/energy of a being.

I whole-heatedly recommend this book for anyone interested in a new, fresh inquiry into the nature of Information. Highly thought provoking, it lays part of the foundation for a paradigm shift in biology holding information as a separate guiding principle to the biological make-up of Life, rather than biology/information being the same.

Instead than information coming together by happenstance, a thoughtful scientific research program dedicated to discovering the underlying principles of how information arises seems more promising, whether teleological or otherwise.

I tip my hat to the review above mine, prophetic indeed.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Chris on October 3, 2013
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I have read this publication carefully (some sections more than twice) and highly recommend it to scientists who seek to understand more clearly why the mutation/selection process fails to fully explain the numerous biological information systems that make life possible. This is not another example of "creationist nonsense" but involves numerous well-credentialed scientists. The level of scholarship is impressive; it is both scientifically rigorous and compelling! I highly recommend it to any scientists who are not closed minded to the possibility that the neo-Darwinian theory may not be sufficient to explain the origin and nature of biological information.
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