Reviving the Living

Reviving the Living
Author: Yair Neuman
Publsiher: Elsevier
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2011-08-30
ISBN: 9780080560410
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Reviving the Living Book Excerpt:

Reviving the Living: Meaning Making in Living Systems presents a novel perspective that relates to current biological knowledge and issues. Written by polymath Dr. Yair Neuman, the book challenges the dogmas that frame our understanding of living systems and presents a radical alternative approach to understanding the world around us, one that avoids the pitfalls of non-scientific perspectives such as Vitalism and Creationism. In this thought provoking and iconoclastic manuscript, Neuman follows the footsteps of Gregory Bateson, Mikhail Bakhtin, Michael Polanyi and others, to suggest that living systems are meaning making systems. The book delves into the unique processes of meaning making that characterize organisms as a unique category of nature, and offers new and fascinating insights into a variety of enigmatic biological phenomena from immune memory to hidden life (cryptobiosis). It consists of four parts divided into 18 chapters and covers topics ranging from reductionism and its pitfalls to genetics; why organisms are irreducible; immunology; meaning making in language and biology; meaning-bridging the gap between physics and semantics; context and memory; and the poetry of living. Core concepts and themes are illustrated using examples based in current science. This text would be of high interest to biologists, philosophers, cognitive scientists, psychologists, and semioticians, as well as to any reflective individual who is willing to examine the realm of the living from a novel and fascinating perspective. * Presents a novel perspective that relates to current biological knowledge and issues * Poses thought provoking ideas for theoretical biologists, those studying philosophy of science and the mind, cognitive scientists, semioticians, and people involved with Artificial Intelligence. * Includes examples based in current science to illustrate core concepts and themes

The Web of Life

The Web of Life
Author: Fritjof Capra
Publsiher: Doubleday
Total Pages: 347
Release: 1996
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Web of Life Book Excerpt:

Presents an innovative view of the interrelationships of psychological, biological, and social phenomena, synthesizing the latest alternative theories of evolution and physics

Energy and Information Transfer in Biological Systems

Energy and Information Transfer in Biological Systems
Author: Larissa S. Brizhik,Francesco Musumeci,Mae-Wan Ho
Publsiher: World Scientific
Total Pages: 371
Release: 2003
ISBN: 9789812705181
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Energy and Information Transfer in Biological Systems Book Excerpt:

This volume contains papers based on the workshop OC Energy and Information Transfer in Biological Systems: How Physics Could Enrich Biological UnderstandingOCO, held in Italy in 2002. The meeting was a forum aimed at evaluating the potential and outlooks of a modern physics approach to understanding and describing biological processes, especially regarding the transition from the microscopic chemical scenario to the macroscopic functional configurations of living matter. In this frame some leading researchers presented and discussed several basic topics, such as the photon interaction with biological systems also from the viewpoint of photon information processes and of possible applications; the influence of electromagnetic fields on the self-organization of biosystems including the nonlinear mechanism for energy transfer and storage; and the influence of the structure of water on the properties of biological matter."

Humans as Self Constructing Living Systems

Humans as Self Constructing Living Systems
Author: Martin E. Ford,Donald H. Ford
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 422
Release: 2019-03-04
ISBN: 0429655657
Category: Psychology
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Humans as Self Constructing Living Systems Book Excerpt:

Originally published in 1987, the purpose of this companion volume to Donald Ford’s (1987) Humans as Self-Constructing Living Systems: A Developmental Perspective on Personality and Behavior was to illustrate the potential utility of the Living Systems Framework (LSF) for stimulating new theoretical advances, for guiding research on human behavior and development, and for facilitating the work of the health and human service professions. Although not exactly a "how to" manual, it does provide many concrete examples of how and when the framework can be used to guide scholarly and professional activities. It also provides a concise overview of the framework itself that can help those who have read the theoretical volume refresh their memory, and assist those who have not, in understanding the basic concepts of the LSF and in deciding whether and how the framework might be useful to them.

Living Systems Evolving Consciousness and the Emerging Person

Living Systems  Evolving Consciousness  and the Emerging Person
Author: Louis Sander
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 296
Release: 2012-05-22
ISBN: 1136871578
Category: Psychology
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Living Systems Evolving Consciousness and the Emerging Person Book Excerpt:

This collection of previously published papers can be viewed as a story of the gradual emergence of an overarching idea through the course of a life’s work. The idea concerns the way emerging knowledge of developmental processes, biological systems, and therapeutic process can be integrated in terms of basic principles that govern the living system as an ongoing creative process – a process in which there is a continuing impetus, both energizing and motivational, that moves the living system toward an enhanced coherence in its engagement with its surround as it achieves an ever-increasing inclusiveness of complexity. The papers have been selected in a roughly chronological order from a career of early developmental research within the background of psychoanalytic thinking. The biological underpinnings of psychoanalysis can be extended by systems thinking. Our notions of the evolution of consciousness can also be extended from this simple level of a neural machinery essential for adaptation and survival to the capacity for the awareness of one’s own inner state within the flow of one’s engagement with one’s surround. From this enrichment of inner experiencing through evolving self-awareness, the unique organization of the "person" emerges within the developmental process – from expectancies and emotions, to values, meaning, purpose, goals, and "direction". The title of the book has been chosen to capture this sequence. Further evolution of conscious organization will enable the human species to achieve the state of being "together-with" and yet "distinct-from" as the system as a whole, on a wider, more global level, gains increasing coherence as it complexity increases. Hopefully, the implications of this idea will emerge in the reader’s thinking, as the chapters move from the level of adaptation to recognition.

African Environmental and Human Security in the 21st Century

African Environmental and Human Security in the 21st Century
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Cambria Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2022
ISBN: 1621969908
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

African Environmental and Human Security in the 21st Century Book Excerpt:

Nonlinearity in Living Systems Theoretical and Practical Perspectives on Metrics of Physiological Signal Complexity

Nonlinearity in Living Systems  Theoretical and Practical Perspectives on Metrics of Physiological Signal Complexity
Author: Sladjana Spasić,Srdjan Kesić
Publsiher: Frontiers Media SA
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2019-06-28
ISBN: 2889458946
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Nonlinearity in Living Systems Theoretical and Practical Perspectives on Metrics of Physiological Signal Complexity Book Excerpt:

The biological basis of physiological signals is incredibly complex. While many types of research certainly appreciate molecular, cellular and systems approach to unravel overall biological complexity, in the recent decades the interest for mathematical and computational characterization of structural and functional basis underlying biological phenomena gain wide popularity among scientists. Nowadays, we witnessed wide range applications of nonlinear quantitative analysis that produced measures such as fractal dimension, power-law scaling, Hurst exponent, Lyapunov exponent, approximate entropy, sample entropy, Lempel–Ziv complexity, as well as other metrics for predictions of onset and progression of many pathological conditions, especially in the central nervous systems (CNS). In this Research Topic, we seek to bring together the recent practical and theoretical advances in the development and application of nonlinear methods or narrower fractal-based methods for characterizing the complex physiological systems at multiple levels of the organization. We will discuss the use of various complexity measures and appropriate parameters for characterizing the variety of physiological signals up to the systems level. There are multiple aims in this topic. The recent advancement in the application of nonlinear methods for both normal and pathological physiological conditions is the first. The second aim is to emphasize the more recent successful attempt to apply these methods across animal species. Finally, a comprehensive understanding of advantages and disadvantages of each method, especially between its mathematical assumptions and real-world applicability, can help to find out what is at stake regarding the above aims and to direct us toward the more fruitful application of nonlinear measures and statistics in physiology and biology in general.

Robustness and Evolvability in Living Systems

Robustness and Evolvability in Living Systems
Author: Andreas Wagner
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2013-10-24
ISBN: 1400849381
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Robustness and Evolvability in Living Systems Book Excerpt:

All living things are remarkably complex, yet their DNA is unstable, undergoing countless random mutations over generations. Despite this instability, most animals do not grow two heads or die, plants continue to thrive, and bacteria continue to divide. Robustness and Evolvability in Living Systems tackles this perplexing paradox. The book explores why genetic changes do not cause organisms to fail catastrophically and how evolution shapes organisms' robustness. Andreas Wagner looks at this problem from the ground up, starting with the alphabet of DNA, the genetic code, RNA, and protein molecules, moving on to genetic networks and embryonic development, and working his way up to whole organisms. He then develops an evolutionary explanation for robustness. Wagner shows how evolution by natural selection preferentially finds and favors robust solutions to the problems organisms face in surviving and reproducing. Such robustness, he argues, also enhances the potential for future evolutionary innovation. Wagner also argues that robustness has less to do with organisms having plenty of spare parts (the redundancy theory that has been popular) and more to do with the reality that mutations can change organisms in ways that do not substantively affect their fitness. Unparalleled in its field, this book offers the most detailed analysis available of all facets of robustness within organisms. It will appeal not only to biologists but also to engineers interested in the design of robust systems and to social scientists concerned with robustness in human communities and populations.

A Living Systems Theory of Vocational Behavior and Development

A Living Systems Theory of Vocational Behavior and Development
Author: Fred W. Vondracek,Donald H. Ford,Erik J. Porfeli
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 140
Release: 2014-07-03
ISBN: 9462096627
Category: Education
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Living Systems Theory of Vocational Behavior and Development Book Excerpt:

The Living Systems Theory of Vocational Behavior and Development (LSVD) explains and illustrates the processes by which individuals construct their work experiences, vocational pathways and career patterns through episodes of interaction with affordances they recognize within their contexts, and how counseling can facilitate those processes. The LSVD was created by combining the scientifically based systems theory that explicates the dynamics of all aspects of human functioning and development, called Humans as Self-Constructing Living Systems, with important ideas about vocational behavior and development. The resulting integrative theory represents the individual person as a dynamic, self-directing and self-constructing entity, i.e., a living system. Behavior Episodes (BEs) are the fundamental, person-in-context, dynamic units of analysis that serve as the “building blocks” by which individuals construct and retain their experiences in patterns that can be reactivated to facilitate future BEs. The book describes how individuals’ history of satisfying BEs and their current activities provide the means by which vocational and career counselors can assist them to create satisfying vocational pathways. It also describes for researchers how new, non-linear, person-centered, quantitative and qualitative research methods can be used to analyze BE patterns to advance understanding of person-level processes that play key roles in individuals’ vocational behavior and development. The LSVD was designed to be not just an integrative framework for the field of career development, but also to reconnect the field to related areas such as human resources and industrial-organizational psychology and to the range of human sciences that have already embraced a living systems theoretical model.

Capitalizing on New Needs and New Opportunities

Capitalizing on New Needs and New Opportunities
Author: National Research Council,Policy and Global Affairs,Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy
Publsiher: National Academies Press
Total Pages: 360
Release: 2001-02-11
ISBN: 0309082579
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Capitalizing on New Needs and New Opportunities Book Excerpt:

This report addresses a topic of recognized policy concern. To capture the benefits of substantial U.S. investments in biomedical R&D, parallel investments in a wide range of seemingly unrelated disciplines are also required. This report summarizes a major conference that reviewed our nation’s R&D support for biotechnology and information technologies. The volume includes newly commissioned research and makes recommendations and findings concerning the important relationship between information technologies and biotechnology. It emphasizes the fall off in R&D investments needed to sustain the growth of the U.S. economy and to capitalize on the growing investment in biomedicine. It also encourages greater support for inter-disciplinary training to support new areas such as bioinformatics and urges more emphasis on and support for multi-disciplinary research centers.

Systems Biology

Systems Biology
Author: Fred Boogerd,Frank J. Bruggeman,Jan-Hendrik S. Hofmeyr,H.V. Westerhoff
Publsiher: Elsevier
Total Pages: 360
Release: 2007-03-20
ISBN: 9780080475271
Category: Computers
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Systems Biology Book Excerpt:

Systems biology is a vigorous and expanding discipline, in many ways a successor to genomics and perhaps unprecedented in its combination of biology with a great many other sciences, from physics to ecology, from mathematics to medicine, and from philosophy to chemistry. Studying the philosophical foundations of systems biology may resolve a longer standing issue, i.e., the extent to which Biology is entitled to its own scientific foundations rather than being dominated by existing philosophies. * Answers the question of what distinguishes the living from the non-living * An in-depth look to a vigorous and expanding discipline, from molecule to system * Explores the region between individual components and the system

Biological Systems Complexity and Artificial Life

Biological Systems  Complexity and Artificial Life
Author: Jacques Ricard
Publsiher: Bentham Science Publishers
Total Pages: 210
Release: 2014-05-06
ISBN: 1608058123
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Biological Systems Complexity and Artificial Life Book Excerpt:

The exponential increase in computing power in the late twentieth century has allowed researchers to gather, process and analyze large volumes of information and construct rational paradigms of systems. Life sciences are no exception and computing advances have led to the birth of fields such as functional genomics and bioinformatics and facilitated an expansion of our understanding of biological systems. Biological Systems: Complexity and Artificial Life is an essential primer on systems biology for biologists and researchers having a multidisciplinary background. The volume covers a variety of theoretical models explaining biological processes. The book starts with an introductory chapter on the classical molecular biology paradigm and progresses towards concepts related to enzyme kinetics, non equilibrium dynamics, cellular thermodynamics, molecular motion in cells and more. The book concludes with a philosophical note on the concept of the biological system.

Innovation

Innovation
Author: LTL (Leader to Leader)
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 68
Release: 2013-04-03
ISBN: 1118587081
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Innovation Book Excerpt:

Innovation is necessary for creating a bright, competitive future.In this collection, you’ll find important insights oninnovation drawn from the pages of the award-winning publicationLeader to Leader. Written by some of the country’s topthought leaders, including Clayton M. Christensen, Margaret J.Wheatley, and Gary Hamel, this collection makes innovation comealive in new and surprising ways. Focusing on different aspects and approaches of innovation, itdelivers practical knowledge and advice that can mean thedifference in your innovation efforts. Each article is packedwith information backed by research and real-world examples andsuccess stories. As a whole, you’ll learn how innovation isaccomplished, and specifically: • How companies can learn innovation from the arts • What innovation really is, and how it can bere-imagined • How business model innovation needs to become asystematic, manageable process • How the new world of work operates, in an“open” environment • How to create a safe-space innovation zone • How to find innovation opportunities where disciplinesintersect • How to make your organization capable of innovation inresources, processes, and values • And more.

Understanding Urban Ecosystems

Understanding Urban Ecosystems
Author: Alan R. Berkowitz,Charles H. Nilon,Karen S. Hollweg
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 526
Release: 2006-05-29
ISBN: 038722615X
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Understanding Urban Ecosystems Book Excerpt:

Nowhere on Earth is the challenge for ecological understanding greater, and yet more urgent, than in those parts of the globe where human activity is most intense - cities. People need to understand how cities work as ecological systems so they can take control of the vital links between human actions and environmental quality, and work for an ecologically and economically sustainable future. An ecosystem approach integrates biological, physical and social factors and embraces historical and geographical dimensions, providing our best hope for coping with the complexity of cities. This book is a first of its kind effort to bring together leaders in the biological, physical and social dimensions of urban ecosystem research with leading education researchers, administrators and practitioners, to show how an understanding of urban ecosystems is vital for urban dwellers to grasp the fundamentals of ecological and environmental science, and to understand their own environment.

Molecular and Biological Physics of Living Systems

Molecular and Biological Physics of Living Systems
Author: R.K. Mishra
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 298
Release: 2012-12-06
ISBN: 9400918909
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Molecular and Biological Physics of Living Systems Book Excerpt:

The living organisms and systems possess extraordinary properties of programmed development, differentiation, growth, response, movement, duplication of key molecules and in m any cases higher mental functions. But the organisms are physical objects so they must follow laws of physics yet they do not seem to obey them. Physicists cannot easily persuade themselves to accept this as finally true. Non-living objects are governed by these laws of physics and they can explain these properties. However, in the living systems too phenomena encountered like coupled non-linear interactions, manybody effects, cooperativity, coherence, phase transitions, reversible metastable states are being understood better with the aid of powerful theoretical and experimental techniques and hope is raised that these may let us understand the mysteriousness of life. Contributors to this volume are a small fraction of rapidly growing scientific opinion that these aspects of living bodies are to be expected in a hitherto inadequately suspected state of matter which is in the main directed by these physical properties pushed almost to limit. This state of matter, the living matter, deserves to be called The Living State. Mishra proposes that given hydrogenic orbitals, atoms showing easy hybridisability and multiple valances, molecules with low-lying electronic levels, "loosestructure", and a metabolic pump in thermodynamically open system, various fundamental properties of living state can emerge automatically. Structurally these are all known to be present.

Encyclopedia of Systems Biology

Encyclopedia of Systems Biology
Author: Werner Dubitzky,Olaf Wolkenhauer,Hiroki Yokota,Kwang-Hyun Cho
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 2367
Release: 2013-08-17
ISBN: 9781441998644
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Encyclopedia of Systems Biology Book Excerpt:

Systems biology refers to the quantitative analysis of the dynamic interactions among several components of a biological system and aims to understand the behavior of the system as a whole. Systems biology involves the development and application of systems theory concepts for the study of complex biological systems through iteration over mathematical modeling, computational simulation and biological experimentation. Systems biology could be viewed as a tool to increase our understanding of biological systems, to develop more directed experiments, and to allow accurate predictions. The Encyclopedia of Systems Biology is conceived as a comprehensive reference work covering all aspects of systems biology, in particular the investigation of living matter involving a tight coupling of biological experimentation, mathematical modeling and computational analysis and simulation. The main goal of the Encyclopedia is to provide a complete reference of established knowledge in systems biology – a ‘one-stop shop’ for someone seeking information on key concepts of systems biology. As a result, the Encyclopedia comprises a broad range of topics relevant in the context of systems biology. The audience targeted by the Encyclopedia includes researchers, developers, teachers, students and practitioners who are interested or working in the field of systems biology. Keeping in mind the varying needs of the potential readership, we have structured and presented the content in a way that is accessible to readers from wide range of backgrounds. In contrast to encyclopedic online resources, which often rely on the general public to author their content, a key consideration in the development of the Encyclopedia of Systems Biology was to have subject matter experts define the concepts and subjects of systems biology.

Biological Processes in Living Systems

Biological Processes in Living Systems
Author: C. H. Waddington
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 312
Release: 2017-09-08
ISBN: 1351297147
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Biological Processes in Living Systems Book Excerpt:

Biological Processes in Living Systems is the fourth and final volume of the Toward a Theoretical Biology series. It contains essays that deal in detail with particular biological processes: morphogenesis of pattern, the development of neuronal networks, evolutionary processes, and others. The main thrust of this volume brings relevance to the general underlying nature of living systems. Faced with trying to understand how the complexity of molecular microstates leads to the relative simplicity of phenome structures, Waddington-on behalf of his colleagues-stresses on the structure of language as a paradigm for a theory of general biology. This is language in an imperative mood: a set of symbols, organized by some form of generative grammar, making possible the conveyance of commands for action to produce effects on the surroundings of the emitting and the receiving entities. "Biology," he writes, "is concerned with algorithm and program." Among the contributions in this volume are: "The Riemann-Hugoniot Catastrophe and van der Waals Equation," David H. Fowler; "Differential Equations for the Heartbeat and Nerve Impulse," E. Christopher Zeeman; "Structuralism and Biology," Rene Thom; "The Concept of Positional Information and Pattern Formation," Lewis Wolpert; "Pattern Formation in Fibroblast Cultures," Tom Elsdale; "Form and Information," C. H. Waddington; "Organizational Principles for Theoretical Neurophysiology," Michael A. Arbib; "Stochastic Models of Neuroelectric Activity," Jack D. Cowan. Biological Processes in Living Systems is a pioneering volume by recognized leaders in an ever-growing field.

Biophysical Processes in Living Systems

Biophysical Processes in Living Systems
Author: P. Pardha Saradhi
Publsiher: Science Pub Incorporated
Total Pages: 369
Release: 2001
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Biophysical Processes in Living Systems Book Excerpt:

This text updates the current understanding of the important biophysical aspects in living systems. Efforts are made to precisely furnish major biophysical aspects associated with structural and functional aspects, starting with water, macromolecules and membranes up to organ systems. Twenty independent research groups, actively involved in unravelling various aspects of living systems through a multidisciplinary approach using biophysics along with biochemistry and molecular biology have shared their experiences with examples in the book. Three chapters on neurobiology have also been included.

The Global Technology Revolution 2020 In Depth Analyses Bio Nano Materials Information Trends Drivers Barriers and Social Implications

The Global Technology Revolution 2020  In Depth Analyses  Bio Nano Materials Information Trends  Drivers  Barriers  and Social Implications
Author: Richard Silberglitt,Philip S. Anton,David R. Howell,Anny Wong,Natalie Gassman
Publsiher: Rand Corporation
Total Pages: 314
Release: 2002-08-30
ISBN: 9780833041142
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Global Technology Revolution 2020 In Depth Analyses Bio Nano Materials Information Trends Drivers Barriers and Social Implications Book Excerpt:

In 2020, areas of particular importance for technology trends will include biotechnology, nanotechnology, materials technology, and information technology. This report, the companion document to The Global Technology Revolution 2020, Executive Summary (Silberglitt et al., MG-475-NIC, 2006), assesses in detail a sample of 29 countries with respect to their ability to acquire and implement 16 key technology applications.

Regenerative Leadership

Regenerative Leadership
Author: Giles Hutchins
Publsiher: eBook Partnership
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2019-07-16
ISBN: 1783241241
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Regenerative Leadership Book Excerpt:

This book by leadership and sustainability experts Giles Hutchins and Laura Storm provides an exciting and comprehensive framework for building regenerative life-affirming businesses. It offers a multitude of business cases, fascinating examples from nature's living systems, insights from the front-line pioneers and tools and techniques for leaders to succeed and thrive in the 21st century. Regenerative Leadership draws inspiration from pioneering thinking within biomimicry, circular economy, adult developmental psychology, anthropology, biophilia, sociology, complexity theory and next-stage leadership development. It connects the dots between these fields through a powerful framework that enables leadership to become regenerative: in harmony with life, building thriving, prosperous organizations amid transformational times. The book is a combination of theoretical frameworks, case studies, tools & practices: Everything the leader needs to be successful in the 21st century. Regenerative Leadership - what's it all about? While the future is uncertain, we clearly see an upward trend towards sustainable conscious business. And this is more than just a trend - we're witnessing a new kind of organization emerging. An organization which is able to rapidly sense and respond to the ever-changing business climate by innovating how and why it creates and delivers value, and the way it engages internally and externally with its ecosystem of employees, customers, suppliers, resources, investors, society and environment. This new kind of organization is the organization-as-living-system that is designed on the Logic of Life: life-affirming businesses that thrive from the inside out, by cultivating conditions conducive for life, internally and externally. These organizations nurture flourishing cultures while focusing on products and services that enhance society and the environment. Regenerative organizations will be tomorrow's success stories.