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A theory of biological relativity: no privileged level of causation.

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Must higher level biological processes always be derivable from lower level data and mechanisms, as assumed by the idea that an organism is completely defined by its genome? Or are higher level properties necessarily also causes of lower level behaviour, involving actions and interactions both ways? This article uses modelling of the heart, and its experimental basis, to show that downward causation is necessary and that this form of causation can be represented as the influences of initial a...

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10.1098/rsfs.2011.0067

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Physiology Anatomy and Genetics
Role:
Author
Journal:
Interface focus
Volume:
2
Issue:
1
Pages:
55-64
Publication date:
2012-02-05
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EISSN:
2042-8901
ISSN:
2042-8898
URN:
uuid:ce98bcf0-1dab-427d-ad24-a05617fe0cce
Source identifiers:
334121
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pubs:334121

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