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This blog tries to explore the ways in which the concept of function can be used to interpret the often confusing behaviour of populations, while keeping in mind that any concept of function will only ever be just the projection of a deeper meaning.
In this article I argue in favour of an analogy that links physical and biological systems. In one sentence, I hold that the interplay between reproduction and cooperation may turn out to be relevant to both physics and biology at an elementary level. Recent empirical research suggests that magnets, whose behaviour is traditionally explained in [...]... Read more »
Roman V. Belavkin, Alastair Channon, Elizabeth Aston, John Aston, Rok Krasovec, & Christopher G. Knight. (2012) Monotonicity of Fitness Landscapes and Mutation Rate Control. preprint. arXiv: 1209.0514v1
Amsterdam is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. One of the most challengingly beautiful places to be in Amsterdam is the Van Gogh Museum. Or at least it used to be. Now, not so sure. Unfortunately for me, I understand really little about art. And still, every time I've been in Amsterdam I've been [...]... Read more »
I wanted to talk about some interesting observations made by Stephen Brush, an important commentator in the English language of the history of the molecular interpretation of thermodynamics . As noted by Brush , Friedrich Nietzsche wrote: If the universe may be conceived as a definite quantity of energy, as a definite number of centres of [...]... Read more »
Stephen G Brush, Nancy S Hall. (2003) The kinetic theory of gases: an anthology of classic papers with historical commentary. History of Modern Physical Sciences. DOI: 10.1142/9781848161337
The Social Organism is a 20-page essay published by Herbert Spencer in 1860. Nowadays Spencer is mainly known for having invented the phrase "survival of the fittest" to describe Charles Darwin's process of Natural Selection, and in particular for applying this concept to social phenomena in his Principles of Sociology. For this reason Spencer is usually [...]... Read more »
Andreski, S., & Spencer, H. (1971) The Man Versus the State, with Four Essays on Politics and Society. Man, 6(2), 313. DOI: 10.2307/2798298
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