Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged from Matter by Terrence W. Deacon

Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged from Matter by Terrence W. Deacon

Author:Terrence W. Deacon [Deacon, Terrence W.]
Language: eng
Format: mobi
Publisher: Norton
Published: 2011-11-13T16:00:00+00:00


This complementarity of morphodynamic processes can produce far more than merely the creation of a kind of molecular bottle. Their reciprocity produces a special kind of emergent stability, unavailable to either process in isolation. Although continuous catalysis is prevented in the enclosed state, it remains potentiated by the proximity of all the essential molecules of the autocatalytic set. In the event that such a container were to be broken up or breached by agitation or chemical disruption in the vicinity of new substrate molecules, autocatalysis would recommence and new container-forming molecules would be synthesized. This could lead to either re-formation of the original or formation of two or more new containers of catalysts in its place. In other words, the reciprocal complementarity of these two self-organizing processes creates the potential for self-repair, self-reconstitution, and even self-replication in a minimal form.


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