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Are self-organizing biochemical networks emergent?

Abstract : Biochemical networks are often called upon to illustrate emergent properties of living systems. In this contribution, I question such emergentist claims by means of theoretical work on genetic regulatory models and random Boolean networks. If the existence of a critical connectivity Kc of such networks has often been coined "emergent" or "irreducible", I propose on the contrary that the existence of a critical connectivity Kc is indeed mathematically explainable in network theory. This conclusion also applies to many other types of formal networks and weakens the emergentist claim attached to bio-molecular networks, and by extension to living systems.
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Christophe Malaterre. Are self-organizing biochemical networks emergent?. Maurel, Marie-Christine Gérin, M. Origins of Life: Self-Organization and/or Biological Evolution, EDP Sciences, pp.117-123, 2009. ⟨halshs-00792149⟩



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