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Up to five references per scholar, with links to author publication lists where available. Alpha by author surname.

Mary Ann Allison, author and scholar of complexity and evolutionary process in sociology and culture.

Robin Allott, author and scholar in linguistics, evolutionary psychology, and linguistic theories of cultural evolution.

Yaneer Bar-Yam, develops new methods for the study of complex systems and applies them to scientific questions and social concerns.

Adrian Bejan, distinguished engineering scientist, discoverer of the constructal law, a physical law of design generation in nature.

William R. Buckley, author and scholar of machine self-replication and machine ontogeny.

David Christian, historian, scholar and leading advocate of big history, the multidiscipinary history of the universe from birth to the present day.

Milan Cirkovic, astrophysicist and scholar in cosmology, astrobiology, philosophy of science and futures studies.

Jean Chaline, paleontologist and biologist applying scale relativity and log-periodic acceleration to evolution and development.

James A. Coffman, developmental biologist and scholar interested in the relationship between development and causality.

Peter A. Corning, biologist, complex systems scholar, author of books and papers on the role of synergy in biological and human evolution.

Terrence W. Deacon, anthropologist, scholar in brain evolution and development, origins of language, bio-cultural evolution, and emergence.

Joël de Rosnay, systems theorist, futurist, prolific author, and scholar in symbiosis and computer science.

Steven J. Dick, historian of science, prolific author, expert on astrobiology, astrosociology, and SETI.

Taner Edis, physicist, philosopher, scholar of complex systems and the naturalistic world view.

  • Edis, T. (2002) The Ghost in the Universe (Amazon), Prometheus Books.
  • Edis, T. (1998) How Godel's Theorem Supports the Possibility of Machine Intelligence. Minds and Machines 8:251.

Börje Ekstig, physicist, scholar of biological, social and technol. evolution, proposer of condensation of development.

George F. R. Ellis, one of the world's leading theorists in cosmology. See the wikipedia article.

James N. Gardner, complexity theorist, scholar in philosophy, and proposer of the selfish biocosm hypothesis.

Carlos Gershenson, complexity theorist researching self-organization, evolution, ALife, and cognition.

Richard Gordon, embryologist and theoretical biologist exploring development, genetics, and evolution.

  • Gordon, R. (1999) The Hierarchical Genome and Differention Waves: Novel Unification of Development, Genetics, and Evolution, 2 Vol. Set, Singapore: World Scientific.
  • Gordon, R. (2001) Making waves: the paradigms of developmental biology and their impact on artificial life and embryonics. Cybernetics & Systems 32(3-4):443-458.
  • Sterrenburg, F.A.S., R. Gordon, M.A. Tiffany & S.S. Nagy (2007). Diatoms: living in a constructal environment. In: Algae and Cyanobacteria in Extreme Environments. Series: Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology, Vol. 11. Eds.: J. Seckback. Dordrecht, The Netherlands, Springer: 141-172.
  • Gordon, R. & J.E. Westfall (2009). Google Embryo for building quantitative understanding of an embryo as it builds itself: I. Lessons from Ganymede and Google Earth. Biological Theory: Integrating Development, Evolution, and Cognition 4(4), in press.
  • Gordon, R. (2010). Google Embryo for building quantitative understanding of an embryo as it builds itself: II. Progress towards an embryo surface microscope. Biological Theory: Integrating Development, Evolution, and Cognition 5(1), in press.

Hari M. Gupta, theoretical physicist and scholar in power law distributions and evolution.

William P. Hall, evolutionary biologist and organization theorist focusing on autopoiesis, emergence, and knowledge.

William F. Harms, philosopher and scholar in cultural evolution, information, and moral ecologies.

Francis Heylighen, systems theorist and cyberneticist focusing on the evolution of complexity.

David Holcman, mathematician and computational biologist modeling microstructures in biological systems.

  • Holcman, D., Kasatkin, V. & Prochiantz, A. (2007) Modeling homeoprotein intercellular transfer unveils a parsimonious mechanism for gradient and boundary formation in early brain development. Journal of Theoretical Biology 249:503-517.

Otto Laske, composer, artist, epistemologist, psychologist, founder of the Interdevelopmental Institute.

  • Laske, Otto, E. (2006) Measuring Hidden Dimensions: The Art and Science of Fully Engaging Adults. Laske and Associates.
  • Laske, Otto E. (2009) Measuring Hidden Dimensions of Human Systems. Laske and Associates.

John A. Leslie, philosopher of science and cosmology, distinguished scholar in anthropic reasoning.

Giuseppe Longo, mathematician, researcher in logic, theory of computation, interfaces between mathematics, physics, biology.

  • Longo, G. and Tendero, P.E. (2007) The Differential Method and the Causal Incompleteness of Programming Theory in Molecular Biology. Foundations of Science 12:337-366.
  • Longo, G. (2007) Critique of Computational Reason in the Natural Sciences (FTP Download). In: Fundamental Concepts in Computer Science, E. Gelenbe and J.-P. Kahane, eds., Imperial College Press.
  • Bailly, F. and Longo, G. (2009) Biological Organization and Anti-Entropy (FTP Download). J. Biological Systems 17(1).
  • Longo, G. (2009) Randomness and Determination: From Physics and Computing towards Biology (FTP Download). Invited Lecture at: The 5th International Conference on Current Trends in Theory and Practice of Computer Science, Spindleruv mlyn (Czech Republic), Jan 24-30, 2009. In: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer.
  • Longo, G. (2009) From exact sciences to life phenomena: following Schrödinger and Turing on Programs, Life and Causality (PDF Download). Concluding lecture at: From Type Theory to Morphological Complexity: A Colloquium in Honor of Giuseppe Longo, Information and Computation, in press.

Jean-Pierre Luminet, astrophysicist presently specializing in black holes and cosmology.

Claudio L. Flores Martinez, astrobiologist studying Cosmic Convergent Evolution (CCE) and its implications for systems engineering approaches in space mission design.

John McCrone, science writer and researcher in hierarchy theory, logic and mind science.

G. Rama Murthy, computer engineer and specialist in neural networks and intelligent systems.

Akop P. Nazaretyan, psychologist, culturologist, scholar of big (universal) history.

Laurent Nottale, cosmologist and pioneering theorist in scale relativity and fractal space-time.

Alain Prochiantz, neurobiologist and specialist of cerebral morphogenesis and stochastic developmental processes.

  • Prochiantz, A. (2000) (On the Development of) Machine-Esprit, Odile Jacob, 213 p.
  • Kasatkin, V., Prochiantz, A. & Holcman, D. (2008) Morphogenetic gradients and the stability of boundaries between neighbouring morphogenetic regions. Bulletin of Mathematical Biology 70:156-178.

Addy Pross, theoretical and physical organic chemist, scholar in origin of life, chemical evolution, and dynamic kinetic stability.

Stanley N. Salthe, theoretical biologist, scholar in developmentalism, thermodynamics, ecology and natural philosophy.

John M. Smart, systems theorist studying accelerating change and evolutionary development.

Fred Spier, anthropologist, scholar of big history (cosmic origins to modern society).

John Stewart, evolutionary thinker, author and evolutionary activist.

Robert E. Ulanowicz, eminent ecologist, pioneer of developmental ascendancy, and scholar of process philosophy.

Rüdiger Vaas, astronomy editor of "Bild der Wissenschaft" and philosopher, focusing on cosmology (big bang, time, multiverse, far future) and anthropology.

Pushkar G. Vaidya, astrobiologist, author, and proposer of the cosmic contact censorship hypothesis.

Clement Vidal, philosopher and systems theorist studying evolutionary cosmology.

Jan Visser, physicist and cog. scientist, scholar in learning development from evolutionary and ecological perspectives.

Bruce H. Weber, professor of biochemistry emeritus, and scholar in evolution, development, self-organization, natural selection, learning and complex systems.

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Other Living Scholars and Publications of Interest to the Community (Not Affiliated With Us)

Up to five references per scholar, with links to author publication lists where available.

Richard Albright, scholar in technology roadmapping, strategic and technology foresight.

Ping Ao, physicist, engineer, biologist, scholar in universal Darwinian dynamics, thermodynamics and evolutionary modeling.

W. Brian Arthur, economist, scholar in complexity, non-equilibrium economics, innovation and technology evolution.

Robert Aunger, biological anthropologist, scholar of memetics and accelerating evolutionary transitions in big (universal) history.

Jesse H. Ausubel, industrial ecologist, scholar of industrial evolution, technology substitution, dematerialization and decarbonization.

Robert Axelrod, political scientist, game theorist, pioneering scholar in the evolution of cooperation and social norms.

Pierre Baldi, computer scientist, biologist, scholar in bioinformatics and machine learning.

Timothy F. Bresnahan, economist, scholar in technological competition, general purpose technologies, and technical productivity.

Daniel R. Brooks, theoretical biologist, ecologist, scholar in evolution, self-organization, and information theory.

Gyorgy Buzsaki, neuroscientist, leading scholar in self-organization and neural synchronization.

Robert L. Carniero, anthropologist and scholar of social evolution and social complexity.

  • Carneiro, R. L. (2000) The Transition From Quantity to Quality: A Neglected Causal Mechanism in Accounting for Social Evolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 97:12926-12931.
  • Carneiro, R. L. (2003) Evolutionism in Cultural Anthropology: A Critical History, Westview Press.

Eric J. Chaisson, educator and astrophysicist, scholar in the origin, evolution, and unification of universal complexity.

David Christian, historian, scholar in world and human history, pioneer of big history (cosmic origins to modern society).

Richard L. Coren, emeritus engineer, scholar in emergence escalation and the cybernetics of evolving systems.

Louis Crane, mathematician, scholar in geometric topology, quantum field theory and proposer of the meduso-anthropic principle.

Eric. H. Davidson, developmental biologist, pioneer in gene regulatory networks in embryogenesis and evolution.

Christian De Duve, eminent biochemist and cytologist, scholar of endosymbiosis and biogenesis as a cosmic imperative.

Tessaleno C. Devezas, physicist and systems theorist, scholar of generational learning and global technoeconomic development.

Roderick C. Dewar, complexity and information theorist, ecologist, leading scholar of the maximum entropy production hypothesis.

Jacques Dubois, emeritus geophysicist, scholar in the fractal aspects of natural systems.

Gerald Edelman, eminent biologist, scholar in immune systems and neural development.

Amnon H. Eden, computer scientist, scholar in philosophy of computer science and technology acceleration studies.

Robert A. Freitas Jr., lawyer, scholar in intelligence development, molecular nanotechnology, and nanomedicine.

John F. Gantz, senior executive, specializing in market modeling and information growth forecasting and metrics.

Gary Greenberg, comparative and developmental psychologist, seeking unified theories for macrodevelopment of animal behavior.

James B. Hartle, eminent theoretical astrophysicist and cosmologist, scholar in the origins and limits of predictability.

Crawford S. Holling, ecologist, pioneering scholar in panarchy (a hierarchy and adaptive cycles theory).

John Hawks, paleoanthropologist and geneticist, studying acceleration in human evolution.

Gerard Jagers op Akkerhuis, entomologist, ecotoxicologist, scholar in evolution and hierarchy theory.

Alastair D. Jenkins, climatologist, geophysicist, scholar of maximum entropy production in economic systems over long timescales.

Anders Johansen, physicist and scholar in scale invariance and cooperative phenomena in complex systems.

Stuart Kauffman, theoretical biologist, scholar in complexity, self-organization, far-from equilibrium systems, and the origin of life.

Kevin Kelly, publisher, editor, distinguished scholar in long-term business, social, and technological change.

Christof Koch, cognitive biologist, information theorist and engineer studying the neuronal correlates of consciousness.

Raymond Kurzweil, distinguished inventor, researcher in artificial intelligence, and scholar in futures studies.

Robert B. Laughlin, Nobel prize-winning physicist, scholar of philosophy of science, emergence and collective behavior.

Robert J. Lifton, psychiatrist, pioneer in psychohistory, developer of the theory of symbolic immortality.

Christopher L. Magee, mechanical and systems engineer, scholar of technological progress dynamics.

J. Stanley Metcalfe, emeritus economist, scholar in evolutionary economics, technological innovation, and science policy.

George R. McGhee, paleobiologist, and leading scholar in theoretical morphology, adaptation, and convergent evolution (morphological constraint on evolutionary form).

George Modelski, emeritus prof. of political science, scholar of globalization and world system evolution.

Theodore Modis, physicist, engineer, analyst, and scholar in strategic foresight, forecasting and growth dynamics.

Hans Moravec, roboticist and futurist, pioneer in computing performance growth models.

Simon Conway Morris, distinguished paleontologist, leading scholar of evolutionary convergence.

Béla Nagy, statistician and computational experimentalist, scholar in dynamical and technological prediction and prediction uncertainty.

Stuart A. Newman, chemical physicist, cell biologist, scholar of dynamical patterning modules (DPMs) and self-organization of development.

William D. Nordhaus, distinguished economist, scholar in climate change and computing productivity growth models.

Alexander D. Panov, physicist, scholar of big (universal) history, and accelerating change in universal history.

  • Panov, A.D. (2004) The crisis of Universal history’s planetary cycle. Mercury of Russian Academy of Sciences 74(6):537-550. (In Russian).
  • Panov, A.D. (2005) Scaling law of biological evolution and the hypothesis of the self-consistent galaxy origin of life. Adv. Space Res. 36(2):220–225.

Massimo Pigliucci, geneticist, ecologist, philosopher, researcher in epigenetics and extended evolutionary synthesis.

Ulf Pillkahn, strategy consultant, computer scientist, scholar in strategic foresight and innovation management.

Tomaso Poggio, computational neuroscientist studying vision neural networks in living and machine systems.

Robert G.B. Reid, theoretical biologist, defines evolution as destabilizing innovation/variation and stabilizing natural selection.

Frank P. Ryan, physician, scholar in genomic creativity and human-retroviral symbiosis.

Eric D. Schneider, biologist, systems scientist and scholar in thermodynamics in complex systems.

Peter Schuster, eminent biophysicist and chemist, scholar molecular evolution, origin of life, and complexity.

Quentin Smith, naturalistic philosopher of cosmology, physics, time, and language.

Lee Smolin, eminent theoretical physicist, loop quantum gravity scholar, proposer of the theory of cosmological natural selection.

Graeme D. Snooks, economist, social scientist, and scholar of evolutionary dynamics and big history.

Didier Sornette, physicist, scholar in complexity, self-organization, growth, scaling, and modeling and predicting critical phenomena.

Olaf Sporns, computational biologist, scholar in models of neural circuitry, graph theory, embodied robotics (animats).

Victor J. Stenger, prolific author, naturalistic philosopher, emeritus physicist, cosmologist, and astronomer.

Rod Swenson, ecological psychologist, proposer of a law of maximum entropy production in complexity development.

Giulio Tononi, psychiatrist, sleep researcher, pioneer of the integrated information theory of consciousness.

Jack E. Triplett, economist and scholar in metrics and models for services and technical productivity.

Peter Turchin, ecologist and mathematician, pioneer in cliodynamics (mathematical models of social change).

Valentin F. Turchin, computer scientist, cybernetician, evolution scholar, proposer of meta-system transitions theory.

J. Scott Turner, physiologist, scholar in the extended phenotype (organism and environment) and the natural emergence of design.

Geoffrey B. West, physicist and scholar in scaling and growth laws in living, social, and technological systems.

Robert J.P. Williams, emeritus professor of chemistry, proposer of the chemotype, leading scholar in chemical evolution and development.

Wojciech H. Zurek, distinguished physicist, quantum and classical information theorist, proposer of the theory of quantum Darwinism.

Other Deceased Scholars and Publications of Interest to the Community

Edward R. Harrison, eminent cosmologist, first proposer of cosmological natural selection with intelligence (CNS-I).

François Meyer, biologist and pioneering scholar of log-periodic acceleration in biological and cultural evolution.

  • Meyer, F. (1947) L'acceleration evolutive. Essai sur le rythme evolutif et son interpretation quantique, Librairie des Sciences et des Arts, Paris, 67p.
  • Meyer, F. (1954) Problématique de l'évolution, Presses Universitaires de France, 279p.
  • Meyer, F. (1963) Teilhard et les grandes dérives du monde vivant, Ecitions Universitaires de Paris.

Ilya Prigogine, chemist, thermodynamicist, and pioneering scholar of complex systems as irreversible dissipative structures.

Arthur Willey, biologist and early scholar of evolutionary convergence (homoplasy).

Peter Winiwarter, transdisciplinary researcher in complex systems, neural networks and evolution.

Online Bibliographies and Databases

Natural Genesis, A sourcebook for the worldwide discovery of a creative organic universe Arthur Fabel provides 2,000 annotated and anthologized references with a great overlap with EDU Themes.

Selection Theory Bibliography, Gary A. Cziko and Donald T. Campbell. 1,100 references (1997 and earlier) to meta-Darwinian (beyond genetic) selectionist models, primarily in cognitive science.

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