Beer R. D. (2020) Lost in words. Adaptive Behavior 28(1): 19–21.
Lost in words.
Adaptive Behavior 28(1): 19–21.
Villalobos and Razeto-Barry’s target article highlights a debate about the role of spatial boundaries in autopoiesis that has been simmering for some time. I argue that, ultimately, controversies such as this are best resolved not by verbal argument, but rather in the context of actual mathematically formulated theories of biological individuality. Finally, I briefly review some initial efforts in this direction as they relate to the question of boundaries.
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