Quantum formalism as an optimisation procedure of information flows for physical and biological systems
2016 (English)In: Biosystems (Amsterdam. Print), ISSN 0303-2647, E-ISSN 1872-8324, Vol. 150, 13-21 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The similarities between biological and physical systems as respectively defined in quantum information biology (QIB) and in a Darwinian approach to quantum mechanics (DAQM) have been analysed. In both theories the processing of information is a central feature characterising the systems. The analysis highlights a mutual support on the thesis contended by each theory. On the one hand, DAQM provides a physical basis that might explain the key role played by quantum information at the macroscopic level for bio-systems in QIB. On the other hand, QIB offers the possibility, acting as a macroscopic testing ground, to analyse the emergence of quantumness from classicality in the terms held by DAQM. As an added result of the comparison, a tentative definition of quantum information in terms of classical information flows has been proposed. The quantum formalism would appear from this comparative analysis between QIB and DAQM as an optimal information scheme that would maximise the stability of biological and physical systems at any scale. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 150, 13-21 p.
Quantum information, Adaptive dynamics, Quantum biological information, Quantum mechanical foundations, Darwinian evolution, Information theory
Mathematics Biological Sciences
Research subject Natural Science, Mathematics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-60157DOI: 10.1016/j.biosystems.2016.08.009ISI: 000390631700002PubMedID: 27530308OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-60157DiVA: diva2:1068256