Reviews considerations of information theory and feedback control as applied to biological systems, and particularly their impact on the early development of cybernetics. Also reviews Lovelock’s Gaia hypothesis and its extension to account for the emergence of global homeostatis using the Daisyworld model. The latter provides a compelling view of the origin of biological regulation, but one that is difficult to reconcile with the neural and hormonal regulatory processes in modern plants and animals.
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