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Reference: Shea, N, (2011). What's transmitted? Inherited information. Biology and Philosophy, 26 (2), 183–189.Citable link to this page:


What's transmitted? Inherited information.

Abstract: Commentary on Bergstrom and Rosvall, 'The transmission sense of information', Biology and Philosophy. In response to worries that uses of the concept of information in biology are mataphorical or insubstantial, Bergstrom and Rosvall have identified a sense in which DNA transmits information down the generations. Their 'transmission view of information' is founded on a claim about DNA's teleofunction. Bergstrom and Rosvall see their transmission view of information as a rival to semantic accounts. This commentary argues that it is complementary. The idea that DNA is transmitting information down the generation only makes sense if it is carrying a message, that is to say if it has semantic content.

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Publisher: Springer

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Journal: Biology and Philosophysee more from them

Publication Website: http://link.springer.com/journal/10539

Issue Date: 2011-3


Urn: uuid:f9c3669f-2999-4315-8ee5-c5143ba967e1

Source identifier: 251715

Eissn: 1572-8404

Doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10539-010-9232-4

Issn: 0169-3867 Item Description

Type: Journal article;

Language: eng

Version: Author's OriginalKeywords: Genetic information Genetic representation Inheritance systems Information transmission Natural selection Evolution EntropySubjects: Philosophy of science Philosophy of information Genetics (life sciences) Tiny URL: pubs:251715


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