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Information 2014, 5(3), 424-439; doi:10.3390/info5030424

Top-Down Causation and the Rise of Information in the Emergence of Life

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Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA
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School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ, USA3 Blue Marble Space Institute of Science, Seattle, WA, USA 
Received: 4 March 2014 / Revised: 23 June 2014 / Accepted: 14 July 2014 / Published: 21 July 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Physics of Information)
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Abstract

Biological systems represent a unique class of physical systems in how they process and manage information. This suggests that changes in the flow and distribution of information played a prominent role in the origin of life. Here I review and expand on an emerging conceptual framework suggesting that the origin of life may be identified as a transition in causal structure and information flow, and detail some of the implications for understanding the early stages chemical evolution. View Full-Text
Keywords: origin of life; emergence; top-down causation origin of life; emergence; top-down causation
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