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From “the dialectics of nature” to the inorganic gene

By Alan L. Mackay


The concept of projection from one space to another, with a consequent loss of information, can be seen in the relationships of gene to protein and language description to real situation. Such a transformation can only be reversed if extra external information is re-supplied. The genetic algorithm embodying this idea is now used in applied mathematics for exploring a configuration space. Such a dialectic – transformation back and forth between two kinds of description – extends the traditional Hegelian concept used by Engels and others of change as resulting from a resolution of the conflict of two opposing tendencies and provides for evolution of the joint system

Topics: bcs
Publisher: Springer
Year: 1999
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.bbk.ac.uk.oai2:288

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