Are genetic representations read in development?
The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science | Published : 2016
The status of genes as bearers of semantic content remains very much in dispute among philosophers of biology. In a series of papers, Nicholas Shea has argued that his 'infotel' theory of semantics vindicates the claim that genes carry semantic content. On Shea's account, each organism is associated with a 'developmental system' that takes genetic representations as inputs and produces whole-organism traits as outputs. Moreover, at least in his most recent work on the topic, Shea (, p. 1) is explicit in claiming that these genetic representations are 'read in ontogenetic time, in the course of individual development'. Here I argue that a close examination of the process of reading, in ..View full abstract