|InterJournal Complex Systems, 172
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Submission Date: 980225
Comment on manuscript revision number 45527|
Comment on Complexity and Functionality ...
Subject(s): CX.15, CX.17
Category: Brief Article
The authors weave an interesting parable which should be accepted for publication, as is.
However, I point out that even in particle physics there are many attributes (dimensions) in addition to space and time. Mass, charge, spin, and other quantum numbers are part of our descriptions of systems. Indeed, how could the authors forget about momentum and energy as fundamental dimensions describing a system and the notion of phase space in physics, which typically includes both position and momentum.
The notion that space and time are the only relevant dimensions in physics is a straw man to introduce the possibility of a biologically (really psychologically) relevant parameter having to do with purpose.
Every discipline introduces many parameters and it would be surprising if additional parameters do not arise in describing biological systems. The central problem is to identify what are the useful descriptive parameters.
I believe the key notion of this paper is that by doing so we will gain a profound change in our understanding of the fundamental nature of the universe. I can subscribe to this notion.
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