then, by your statement above, one could conclude that DNA has a "mind", because it certainly does decode gene sequences into proteins.
Because information ia not a physical phenominon code can not store information.
Think about it. Ask yourself what a thought looks like? It has no physics. Look at DNA under a microscope--see any information?
Code is just that a variable. We associate code to meaning via our mental process.
I think this is true of DNA code also. A mental process is necessary to determine what information code represents.
I have used code in this post (English Code).
The "reader" "learned" what the specific order of this code means. A memtal state is needed to process code. Information is not avaialable in the physical realm.
DNA "knows" when to start and stop transcription.
DNA "knows" when it's time to divide.
james tour specifically mentions the rise of "information" in the context of building these types of molecules.