Hello, I am a layman in biology with a good notion of method only. My background is in linguistics (don't run away yet), but my time has been spent over the last several years honing my understanding in a variety of fields. (Fool with time on his hands syndrome.) I wish to answer for myself some questions regarding current research about how information is represented in biology. I am most interested in any work relating to tracking molecular and other responses in simple neural systems in response to stimuli. I have intuitions but not fixed ideas, so no personal agenda to impose on the field from woo land. (I am not interested in QM or new age ideas.) Eventually, what I would hope to examine (in the research of others, I am afraid) is the possibility for observing any sequential replay of neuron or chemical states in response to a given stimulus. Ideally, this would relate to the set of responses to that class of stimuli, and figure as a prior observed activity to any actual response to that stimulus by the organism. That's my naive concept for the act of choice; I expect to have it contradicted forthwith by reality. Work mapping responses in simple neural networks of lower life forms is what I'd like to read up on. If there are comparisons of behavior in relation to comparisons among similar networks as so mapped/observed, even better (structural enablement of behavior as a result of blind evolution). I realize that I have a tremendous distance to travel before knowledgeably handling any answers you may provide. I would welcome direct discouragement if I am grotesquely off track, and redirection to whatever you might find a more appropriate approach to getting a better sense of how information is coded in biology, and its relation to behavior in simple or complex life forms. I realize I am inquiring about a very difficult area, but once again, rest assured, I am open to any suggestions from professionals in the field, and have no agenda. I have a budget of four to six months to dedicate to reading up, so am not expecting instant miracles, nor to be able to travel very far. Thank you in advance for any insights you might provide. Hlaf.