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Biological Information: New Perspectives (Intelligent Systems Reference Library)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Springer; 2012 edition (2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3642284531
  • ISBN-13: 978-3642284533
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,080,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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WOW! WOW! WOW!

Do NOT read this book unless you actually want your blind faith in Evolution to be completely destroyed!

You have been warned!

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"Biological Information: New Perspectives" is one of the books that I have purchased in order to get my questions answered and to discover the truth about biology and the controversies associated with it.

This is another book that I can add to my defense arsenal to protect me against the vicious attacks of the Atheistic Darwinists.

Add the book "Genetic Entropy" by John C. Sanford into the mix, and you will have a good start towards discovering what cutting-edge Biological Research is all about! Or, you can continue to read Richard Dawkins' books which are based completely upon the Biological Sciences that we had 40 years ago! Richard Dawkins hasn't done any scientific research for over 40 years. Richard Dawkins is at least half a century behind the times when it comes to his scientific knowledge. In my humble opinion, you want the PhDs doing the cutting-edge scientific research here and now as your teachers and your guides, and NOT Richard Dawkins' fifty-year-old regurgitated tripe.

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Answering Questions:

I was mocked for suggesting that almost everything that you see around you is a LIVING FOSSIL (20 of the 23 major phyla that exist today and that you can see around you were planted fully formed with NO evolutionary precursors during the Cambrian Explosion) -- the person called me an idiot and told me that there were no bunnies in the Cambrian Explosion.
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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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