The Computational Boundary of a “Self”: Developmental Bioelectricity Drives Multicellularity and Scale-Free Cognition.
All epistemic brokers bodily consist of components that should in some way comprise an built-in cognitive self. Biological people consist of subunits (organs, cells, and molecular networks) which are themselves complicated and competent in their very own native contexts.
How do coherent organic Individuals consequence from the exercise of smaller sub-agents? To perceive the evolution and operate of metazoan creatures’ our bodies and minds, it’s important to conceptually discover the origin of multicellularity and the scaling of the basal cognition of particular person cells into a coherent bigger organism.
In this text, I synthesize concepts in cognitive science, evolutionary biology, and developmental physiology towards a speculation in regards to the origin of Individuality:
“Scale-Free Cognition.” I suggest a basic definition of an Individual based mostly on the power to pursue objectives at an acceptable stage of scale and group and recommend a formalism for outlining and evaluating the cognitive capacities of extremely various sorts of brokers.
Any Self is demarcated by a computational floor – the spatio-temporal boundary of occasions that it may possibly measure, mannequin, and attempt to have an effect on.
This floor units a practical boundary – a cognitive “gentle cone” which defines the size and limits of its cognition. I hypothesize that increased stage goal-directed exercise and company, leading to bigger cognitive boundaries, evolve from the primal homeostatic drive of dwelling issues to cut back stress – the distinction between present circumstances and life-optimal circumstances.
The mechanisms of developmental bioelectricity – the power of all cells to kind electrical networks that course of info – recommend a believable set of gradual evolutionary steps that naturally lead from physiological homeostasis in single cells to reminiscence, prediction, and in the end complicated cognitive brokers, by way of scale-up of the fundamental drive of infotaxis.
Recent information on the molecular mechanisms of pre-neural bioelectricity recommend a mannequin of how more and more subtle cognitive features emerge easily from cell-cell communication used to information embryogenesis and regeneration.
This set of hypotheses gives a novel perspective on quite a few phenomena, similar to most cancers, and makes a number of distinctive, testable predictions for interdisciplinary analysis which have implications not just for evolutionary developmental biology but in addition for biomedicine and maybe synthetic intelligence and exobiology.
Resolution of Complex Issues in Genome Regulation and Cancer Requires Non-Linear and Network-Based Thermodynamics.
The obvious lack of success in curing most cancers that was evidenced within the final 4 a long time of molecular drugs signifies the necessity for a international re-thinking each its nature and the organic approaches that we’re taking in its resolution.
The reductionist, one gene/one protein technique that has served us properly till now, and that also dominates in biomedicine, requires complementation with a extra systemic/holistic strategy, to handle the massive downside of cross-talk between greater than 20,000 protein-coding genes, about 100,000 protein sorts, and the a number of layers of organic group.
In this attitude, the connection between the chromatin community group and gene expression regulation performs a basic function.
The elucidation of such a relationship requires a non-linear thermodynamics strategy to those organic techniques. This change of perspective is a vital step for creating profitable ‘tumour-reversion’ therapeutic methods.