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Evo Devo Universe is a global community of theoretical and applied physicists, chemists, biologists, cognitive and social scientists, computer scientists, technologists, philosophers, information theorists, complexity scholars and systems theorists who are interested in better characterizing the relationship and difference between evolutionary and developmental processes in the universe and its subsystems. The project originated from John Smart and Clément Vidal in Jan 2008.

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Directors

EDU Directors do the main work of maintaining and moderating the research community, on a part-time basis (in alpha order by last name).

  • Georgi Georgiev, physicist working on understanding the mechanisms for the measured exponential growth in complexity through time.
    Affiliations: Assistant Professor, Assumption College, Worcester, MA USA

Institutionally-Affiliated Scholars

The following institutionally-affiliated scholars have agreed to publicly endorse and participate in the EDU interdisciplinary research community at some level to date. Other scholars can be found on our listserve, EDU-Talk. Listings are in alpha order by last name:

  • Taner Edis, physicist, philosopher, scholar of complex systems and the naturalistic world view.
    Affiliations: Professor of Physics, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO USA
  • Georgi Georgiev, physicist working on understanding the mechanisms for the measured exponential growth in complexity through time.
    Affiliations: Assistant Professor, Assumption College, Worcester, MA USA
  • Cadell Last, evolutionary anthropologist interested in integrating our evolutionary past into a systems-level analysis of our future development.
    Affiliations: Doctoral Student, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium (2014).
  • Michael Levin, developmental biologist investigating information storage and processing in biological systems.
    Affilitations: Principal Investigator, The Levin Lab, Tufts University.
  • Laurent Nottale, cosmologist and pioneering theorist in scale relativity and fractal space-time.
    Affiliations: Director of Research, CNRS; Researcher, Paris Observatory, Paris, France
  • Marko A. Rodriguez computer and cognitive scientist studying graph theory and its application to various areas including collective intelligence.
    Affiliations: Graph Systems Architect, Aurelius, Santa Fe, USA; Visiting Researcher, Free University of Brussels, Brussels, Belgium
  • Tony Smith, complex systems analyst studying emergence, cellular automata, and discrete processes.
    Affiliations: Researcher, Kororoit Institute; Complex Systems Analyst, Meme Media, Melbourne, Australia
  • Fred Spier, anthropologist, scholar of big history (cosmic origins to modern society).
    Affiliations: Senior Lecturer in Big History, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Eric Steinhart is a computer scientist and philosopher interested in the application of evolutionary principles in fundamental ontology.
    Affiliations: Associate Professor of Philosophy, William Patterson University, Wayne, NJ, USA
  • Steven R. Walk, electrical engineer, studying quantitative technology forecasting and social change using natural performance and diffusion models.
    Affiliations: Assistant Professor, Engineering and Technology, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA USA
  • Bruce H. Weber, professor of biochemistry emeritus, and scholar in evolution, development, self-organization, natural selection, and complex systems.
    Affiliations: Prof. of Biochem. Emeritus, CSU Fullerton; Robert H Woodworth Chair in Sci. & Natural Philos. Emeritus, Bennington College, Bennington, VT USA

Have you done research (peer reviewed or trade articles) in any topics related to EDU research questions? Please email Clement Vidal about being listed here, and if interested, fill-in the EDU-Talk subscription form to join the listserve discussions on these issues!

Independent Scholars

The following independent scholars, whose published work advances evolutionary and developmental scholarship in the estimation of the EDU community, have agreed to publicly endorse and participate in the community at some level to date. Other scholars can be found on our listserve, EDU-Talk. Listings are in alpha order by last name:

  • Mary Ann Allison, author and scholar of complexity and evolutionary process in sociology and culture.
    Affiliations: Independent Scholar; Principal, The Allison Group, Brooklyn, NY USA
  • Robin Allott, author and scholar in linguistics, evolutionary psychology, and linguistic theories of cultural evolution.
    Affiliations: Independent Scholar, Language Brain and Body Evolution, Seaford, United Kingdom
  • Jon Beach, Author and scholar interested in the relationship between biological evolution, technological innovation and human consciousness.
    Affiliations: Independent Scholar, Orange CA USA
  • Rick Bradford, physicist, cosmologist and engineer, researching cosmic coincidences and fine-tuning.
    Affiliations: Independent Scholar, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
  • William R. Buckley, author and developer of machine self-replication and machine ontogeny.
    Affiliations: Independent Scholar, San Francisco Bay Area, CA USA
  • John Chelen, scholar in cellular automata, information theory, intelligence, cosmology and quantum physics.
    Affiliations: Independent Scholar, Washington, DC USA
  • Michael Chorost, author and scholar in human-machine interfaces and social and technological evolution and development.
    Affiliations: Independent Scholar, Science Writer; External Advisory Boards for Neuroscience Research, Northwestern and Brown Universities; Washington, DC USA
  • Bruce Damer, researcher and author employing digital simulation in space, complexity and origin of life challenges.
    Affiliations: Independent Scholar and Project Leader, EvoGrid (origin of life simulation), Santa Cruz, CA USA
  • James N. Gardner, complexity theorist, author, lawyer, scholar in philosophy, and proposer of the selfish biocosm hypothesis.
    Affiliations: Independent Scholar, Portland, OR USA
  • William F. Harms, philosopher and scholar in cultural evolution, information, and moral ecologies.
    Affiliations: Philosophy Instructor and Independent Scholar, Seattle, WA, USA
  • Hans Kuijper, retired economist and sinologist (China studies) turned systems scientist; application of complexity science to country and area studies.
    Affiliations: Independent Scholar, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • John McCrone, science writer and researcher in hierarchy theory, logic and mind science.
    Affiliations: Independent Scholar, Webmaster, Dichotomistic.com, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Robert L. Oldershaw, cosmologist and philosopher studying discrete fractal paradigms and hierarchical systems theory.
    Affiliations: Independent Researcher in the field of Cosmology, Amherst, MA, USA



Are you an independent scholar who has done notable peer-reviewed research in topics related to EDU Themes? Please email Clement Vidal about being listed here, and if interested, fill-in the EDU-Talk subscription form to join the listserve discussions on these issues!

Associates

EDU Associates help with research community building, on a part-time basis (in alpha order by last name).

  • Cecilia Abadie, Computer scientist studying the role of networks on complex systems evolution.
    Affiliations: Independent Scholar, San Diego, CA USA
  • Arnaud J. Blanchard, computer and cognitive scientist, scholar in intelligent systems, imitation, and emotion.
    Affiliations: Postdoctoral Fellow, FEELIX, Herts, United Kingdom
  • James N. Gardner, complexity theorist, author, lawyer, scholar in philosophy, and proposer of the selfish biocosm hypothesis.
    Affiliations: Independent Scholar, Portland, OR USA
  • Brian Hoffstein is exploring universal complexity in systems, and how they can be applied for societal progress.
    Affiliations: Independent Scholar, New York, NY USA.
  • Hans Kuijper, retired economist and sinologist (China studies) turned systems scientist; application of complexity science to country and area studies.
    Affiliations: Independent Scholar, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Cadell Last, evolutionary anthropologist, interested in human divergence, technocultural pathways, and the future of intelligence.
    Affiliations: Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium (2014).
  • Stefan Pernar, independent systems scholar, philosopher, and author.
    Affiliations: Independent Scholar, Philosophy Writer, Entrepreneur, Student, Melbourne, Australia
  • Eyal Sivan, integration architect studying ethics and social systems, proposer of the connective hypothesis.
    Affiliations: Independent Scholar, Toronto, Canada

Available Associate activities (per your interest and ability):

  • Finding scholars from diverse backgrounds interested in exploring evolutionary and/or developmental models of universal change
  • Building an EDU bibliography, doing wiki editing or authorship projects
  • Fact checking and peer-reviewing scholarly articles
  • Helping with conference preparation (call for papers, organizational activities)

All Interested Scholars: Would you like to help manage and grow the EDU community? Can you commit at least four hours a week over a minimum of four months to help develop our community? Please email John Smart about becoming an Associate. All EDU members are welcome to participate in our fortnightly EDU Project teleconferences. Associates who participate actively and regularly may be asked to become Directors.

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