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These are excerpts and elaborations from my book "The Nature of Consciousness"
Lotka pioneered the view of biological systems as endless cycles. Not only is a biological system a network of chemical agents (one chemical reaction leading to another one), but these agents somehow yield a cycling structure. The cycle helps the network exist, assume an identity and grow. This behavior is typical of life. Lotka named it “autocatalysis” (“Contribution to the Theory of Periodic Reactions”, 1910).
Indirectly, Lotka was also one of the first scientists to show that biology was chemistry, and chemistry biology.
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