Biological Information as Choice and Construction


A causal approach to biological information is outlined. There are two aspects to this approach: information as determining a choice between a set of alternative objects, and information as determining the construction of a single object. The first aspect has been developed in earlier work to yield a quantitative measure of biological information that can be used to analyse biological networks. This paper explores the prospects for a measure based on the second aspect, and suggests some applications for such a measure. These two aspects are not suggested to exhaust all the facets of biological information.

Edited by Wendy Parker. Philosophy of Science, Proceedings of the 2016 Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association, 85 (5).
Arnaud Pocheville
Arnaud Pocheville
CNRS researcher