Behavior and Culture in One Dimension: Sequences, Affordances, and the Evolution of Complexity


The World in One DimensionThe Linguistic Model in BiologyShoulders to Stand OnWhat to Expect From This BookThe Problem of SequentializationOur World as Sequences See It Persistence of One-Dimensional Patterns Sequences, In and Out of Time Sequences are History Collapsing Three Dimensions to One Low-Energy Sequences Laws are Not Rules, and Vice Versa Sequential and Self-Referential Sequences Made ExplicitThe Emergence of Constraint Sequences at the Dinner Table Meet the Constraint Alternatives and Decisions Classification, and Then Reclassification Sequences are Invisible Boundaries Constraining Individuals in a Collection Levels of Description and Control Loosely Coupled and Nearly Decomposable Hierarchical Patterns in SequencesThe Grammar of Interaction Interactions, Ordinary and Specific The Folding Transformation How the Improbable Becomes Probable Molecular Pattern Recognition Enzymes, Robots, and Perception All That the Environment Affords Affordances Great and Small The Eye of the Enzyme Genes Go to PiecesWhere Does the Body End (and the World Begin)?Puppet Masters and Their PuppetsThe Affordances of ExtensionSocial Constraints and AffordancesSituating the Grammar of InteractionHow Does Language Acquire Children?The Grammar of ExtensionThe Extended GenomeThe Grammar of Abstraction Freedom’s Just Another Word Shape Shifting Constraints Blue- and White-Collar Sequences When Is a Sequence Not a Sequence? Who Constrains the Constraints? The Grounding of AbstractionThe Conundrum of ReplicationVon Neumann and the Problem of ComplexityTuring’s Pristine SequencesEnter the Self-Reproducing AutomatonTheory vs. Reality in Self-ReproductionLessons Learned From von NeumannDescription, Construction, and the Central DogmaThe Central Dogma of Civilization?The Threshold of ComplicationAnd Before DNA There Was?Living by RNA AloneEntangling the Central DogmaA Civilized ThresholdGet It in WritingStability, Random Access, and Self-ReferenceWhat Does the Thermostat Say?Hand Me the PliersComplication Great and SmallThe Institution of Sequences Of Constraints and Chimeras The Fallibility of Constraints A Recipe for Learning Configured by Memes The Microbial Sharing Economy A Network Lovely as a Tree Constraints, Institutionalized The State of SequencesThe Continuum of Abstraction Universal at Both Ends The Universality of One-Dimensional Patterns Feeling Special?Appendix: Just Enough Molecular BiologyA.1 Why Mess With Molecules?A.2 One-Dimensional Patterns in BiopolymersA.3 DNA Replication: Complementary Base-PairingA.4 Transcription: DNA to Messenger RNA (mRNA)A.5 The Genetic Code: Mapping RNA to Amino AcidsA.6 How Translation Happens: Transfer RNA (tRNA)A.7 Constructing the Finished Protein: Ribosomes