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Such an analysis can be made regardless of how the pulses were initiated in the
external environment. The number of pulses or signals transmitted per second in
a message on a channel need not, of course, be the same as the number of bits ...
In all the above researches, at both cell and organ levels, the inputs and outputs
are measured in terms of the characteristics of the marker, in matter-energy units
of pulses per second rather than the information carried by the marker in bits per
The channel capacities of subjects reading and doing mental arithmetic were
about 24 bits per s. The channel ... input mechanisms. The capacity of the optic
nerve is many orders of magnitude higher than 20 or 40 bits per sec [see page ...
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I purchased this book many years ago and found it very enlighting. The shredout concept was of particular interest to me in that it provided ways to look at various living systems from micro to macro. It has a lot of detail which I never was able to get around to studying, but appears to have influenced my thinking which was later documented in a series of blogs http://www.bcswonline.com/blog/index.html
I still have a copy and refer to it.
TABLE 11 The 19 Critical Subsystems of a Living System
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