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A Roomful of Robovacs: How to Think About Genetic Programs

Calcott, Brett (2020) A Roomful of Robovacs: How to Think About Genetic Programs. Philosophical Perspectives on the Engineering Approach in Biology: Living Machines?.

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Abstract

The notion of a genetic program has been widely criticized by both biologists and philosophers. But the debate has revolved around a narrow conception of what programs are and how they work, and many criticisms are linked to this same conception. To remedy this, I outline a modern and more apt idea of a program that possesses many of the features critics thought missing from programs. Moving away from over-simplistic conceptions of programs opens the way to a more fruitful interplay of ideas between the complexity of biology and our most complex engineering discipline.


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Calcott, Brett0000-0003-4164-5158
Keywords: Genetic Programs
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Developmental Biology
Depositing User: Dr Brett Calcott
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2020 02:54
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2020 02:54
Item ID: 18019
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophical Perspectives on the Engineering Approach in Biology: Living Machines?
Publisher: Routledge
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351212243
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Developmental Biology
Date: June 2020
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18019

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