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Viruses 2017, 9(12), 381; doi:10.3390/v9120381

The Platonic Receptacle (Hypodoché), Whitehead’s Philosophy, and Genome Evolution

1,†
and
2,*
1
Czech Academy of Sciences, Institute of Molecular Genetics, Videnska 1083, CZ-14220 Prague 4, Czech Republic
2
Czech Academy of Sciences, Institute of Philosophy, Jilska 1, CZ-11000 Prague 1, Czech Republic
Deceased.
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Academic Editors: Jiri Hejnar and Tomas Ruml
Received: 1 November 2017 / Revised: 5 December 2017 / Accepted: 11 December 2017 / Published: 14 December 2017
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Abstract

The discovery of a universal genetic code utilized by all existing organisms became the backbone of biology. The coding capacity underwent changes during evolution, but its main fluctuation results from its different reading and regulation. The genetic code thus represents a sort of receptacle of living organism evolution. In this article, we propose an analogy between the genetic code and a broader Platonic hypodoché, a concept that Alfred North Whitehead used to explain various aspects of science. View Full-Text
Keywords: Platonic receptacle; Whitehead’s argument; realization of ideas; present day genetics; genetic code; evolution changes Platonic receptacle; Whitehead’s argument; realization of ideas; present day genetics; genetic code; evolution changes
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Svoboda, J.; Svoboda, J. The Platonic Receptacle (Hypodoché), Whitehead’s Philosophy, and Genome Evolution. Viruses 2017, 9, 381.

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