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Theoretical principles for biology: organization and variation

Cover slide from the talk “Theoretical principles for biology: organization and variation”

We argue that a theory of biological systems should rely on organization and variation as fundamental theoretical principles. Biological systems are organized natural systems that undergo functional variation. In this presentation we will provide a specific characterization of each principle while emphasizing their mutual relations. Organization provides the relevant kind of complexity for functional variation to occur; and, in turn, variation enables the maintenance of organization over time, notably at the evolutionary scale.

Montévil, M., and M. Mossio. 2015. “Theoretical Principles for Biology: Organization and Variation.” In Biological Complexity and Organization: Theoretical Approaches and Applications. https://chairepascalbio.wordpress.com/2015/04/02/colloque-5-et-6-mai-2015-biological-complexity-and-organization-theoretical-approaches-and-applications/