Living Systems

Living systems are open self-organizing living things that interact with their environment. These systems are maintained by flows of information, energy and matter.

Some scientists have proposed in the last few decades that a general living systems theory is required to explain the nature of life. Such general theory, arising out of the ecological and biological sciences, attempts to map general principles for how all living systems work. Instead of examining phenomena by attempting to break things down into components, a general living systems theory explores phenomena in terms of dynamic patterns of the relationships of organisms with their environment.

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Miller's Living Systems Theory - Limitations
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Homeodynamics
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History Of Artificial Life - 1970s–1980s
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Biological Engineering - History
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Negative P H - Applications - Living Systems
... pH in living systems Compartment pH Gastric acid 1 Lysosomes 4.5 Granules of chromaffin cells 5.5 Human skin 5.5 Urine 6.0 Pure H2O at 37 °C 6.81 Cytosol 7.2 Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) 7.5 ...

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