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Autocatalysis, Information and Coding

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  • Peter R. Wills
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    Autocatalytic self-construction in macromolecular systems requires the existence of a reflexive relationship between structural components and the functional operations they perform to synthesize themselves. The possibility of reflexivity depends on formal features of the catalytic structure-function relationship, that is, the embedding of catalytic functions in the space of polymeric structures. Reflexivity is a formal property of some genetic sequences. These may serve as the basis for the evolution of coding as a result of autocatalytic self-organisation in a population of assignment catalysts. Autocatalytic selection is a mechanism whereby matter becomes differentiated in primitive biochemical systems. In the case of coding self-organisation it corresponds to the creation of symbolic information.

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    Paper provided by Santa Fe Institute in its series Working Papers with number 00-01-003.

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    Date of creation: Jan 2000
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    Handle: RePEc:wop:safiwp:00-01-003

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    Keywords: Autocatalysis; self-construction; coding; reflexivity; information.;

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