The Hot Spring Hypothesis for the Origin of Life and the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis
Origin of life researcher, Professor Bruce Damer, presents an exciting four-part essay on the Hot Spring Hypothesis for the Origin of Life, and how this connects to the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis.
Dynamic stability and robustness of ecological systems: a missing link to evolutionary mechanisms?
Renee Duckworth, The University of Arizona, USA
Structuring knowledge in evolutionary biology
Alan C Love, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, USA
Mutational and pre-mutational shaping of adaptation
Joanna Masel, The University of Arizona, USA
On the origins of novelty and diversity in development and evolution: case studies on horned beetles
Armin Moczek, Indiana University, USA
Causal patterns and how our theories change
Angela Potochnik, University of Cincinnati, USA
Evolution Evolving: Process, Mechanism and Theory
Last week, 200 delegates took part in the Evolution Evolving conference at Churchill College, Cambridge, UK. The conference was one of its kind – bringing together senior and junior academics from many different fields to encourage discussions across empirical and theoretical biology, philosophy and history of science, computer science, and anthropology. The atmosphere buzzed with enthusiasm and excitement. The title of the meeting – Evolution Evolving – captures that the evolutionary process itself evolves over time, an idea encapsulated in the concept of ‘evolvability’, which was one focus of the meeting. But it also highlights that evolutionary biology itself evolves, as it implements insights and tools from many other sciences, as well as the philosophy of science.
How to make general theories of evolution applicable to complex special cases
Sean Rice, Texas Tech University, USA