Representation in the genome
Many biologists, and others, use representational talk to describe a range of genomic phenomena: ‘transcription’, ‘translation’, ‘error correction’, ‘the genetic code’, ‘the book of life’ etc. How seriously we should take this depends on our account of representation. ‘Teleosemantics’ is an account that bases representational content on the functions of biological systems (‘devices’) that produce and consume physical tokens so as to communicate with one another and deal successfully with the...[Show more]
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