Life's Irreducible Structure

Science  21 Jun 1968:
Vol. 160, Issue 3834, pp. 1308-1312
DOI: 10.1126/science.160.3834.1308


Mechanisms, whether man-made or morphological, are boundary conditions harnessing the laws of inanimate nature, being themselves irreducible to those laws. The pattern of organic bases in DNA which functions as a genetic code is a boundary condition irreducible to physics and chemistry. Further controlling principles of life may be represented as a hierarchy of boundary conditions extending, in the case of man, to consciousness and responsibility.

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