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Biological information and biological function

Biologists routinely speak of living systems as information-processing systems and many think this is what distinguishes life from non-life. But there is no general unified theory of biological information. Information has two very different aspects: structural (mere covariation), and semantic (pertaining to function, meaning, and intentionality). In this project I will explore how semantic information can emerge from structural information.

This project is made possible through the support of a grant from the Templeton World Charity Foundation, Inc. (TWCF0242). The opinions expressed in this project are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Templeton World Charity Foundation, Inc.