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Biol Cybern. 2015 Jun;109(3):401-19. doi: 10.1007/s00422-015-0652-8. Epub 2015 May 19.

The general entity of life: a cybernetic approach.

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Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Automation, Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering, Chair of Applied Computer Science, AGH University of Science and Technology, Al. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059, Cracow, Poland,


Life, not only in the well-known context of biochemical metabolism but also in the context of hypothetical life synthesized laboratorially or possibly found on other planets, is considered in this paper. The three-component information-energetic-structural irreducible processing in autonomous systems is the core of the proposed approach. The cybernetic organization of a general entity of life--the alivon--is postulated. The crucial properties of life and evolution are derived from the proposed approach. Information encoded in biological structures is also studied.

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