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EDU-Talk Listserve Intro:

We have (in 2023) roughly 120 publishing scholars on our listserve. Scholars on this listserve have a great diversity of academic backgrounds, yet all share some interest in exploration and critique of evolutionary and developmental ("evo-devo") processes, in both living and nonliving replicators (physical, chemical, social, technological), and exploring questions of specific and general adaptiveness in complex systems, with a desire to find insights that can improve life on Earth. To apply to join EDU-Talk, the Evo-Devo Universe scholarly discussion community on Google Groups, please complete the following brief questions and email them to list moderator Clement Vidal.

EDU-Talk Join Questions (will be posted as your New Member Introduction)

  1. Name:
  2. Email address (to be used on Google Groups):
  3. City (or cities) and country (or countries) of residence:
  4. Personal and/or professional websites (if any):
  5. Education, experience, or affiliations relevant to EDU Themes or Questions (1 paragraph or more):
  6. Research interests with respect to EDU Themes or Questions (1 paragraph or more):
  7. Publications (peer-reviewed, trade, or other) related to EDU Themes or Questions. Please provide open access links where available.


  1. What are your 10 favorite books/papers? Why?
  2. Do you have any initial advice or feedback to improve management of the community?
  3. We would love to list you on our People page. If interested, please provide one short sentence describing your research, and your institutional affiliation(s).

Thank you for your patience in allowing a few days for your submission to be processed. If accepted, you will receive a "Welcome to EDU-Talk" message in your email and a link to the Google group with posting instructions, threaded discussions and searchable archives. The (very brief is fine!) answers you provide in Questions 1-7 (plus favorite books/papers, optional) will be posted to the list by the moderator as your New Member Introduction. If not accepted, you will be informed by a list moderator. There are minimal scholarship and research relevancy requirements for list members.

We are particularly seeking cosmologists, physicists, chemists, theoretical and applied biologists, neuroscientists, cognitive and social scientists, computer scientists, technology scholars, philosophers, systems theorists, complexity theorists, and other scholars interested in exploring and critiquing models, hypotheses, and questions relating to the extent and interaction of evolutionary (or quasi-evolutionary), informational-computational, and developmental (or quasi-developmental) processes in the universe and its subsystems, over many levels, scales, and domains.

A Brief Note On Scope: Such topics as non-naturalistic teleology, intelligent design, supernaturalism, theology, and science and spirituality convergence are outside the scope of our community. Hypotheses of directionality (systemic trajectory), orthogenesis (systemic improvement) and teleology (systemic purpose, implicit to system structure or function) may be discussed, but only from a naturalistic or developmental perspective, with the aim to find quantifiable, testable, and falsifiable models or hypotheses, or when not falsifiable, are demonstrably consilient with current science. Challenging topics in informational and computational complexity (intelligence, mind, consciousness, morality, culture) should strive to show relation to known or proposed structure and process in natural systems (physical, chemical, biological, cultural, technological), and to explore empirical/measurable/testable implications of the precepts. Please see Themes and Questions for any other questions about the scope of the EDU community, and EDU Talk Introduction and Posting Rules for general questions on posting to the list.

Privacy Notice: All personal information that is shared in the EDU-Talk community is confidential to the group. EDU-Talk follows the Chatham House Rule to encourage open discussion. You are free to publicly use any scholarly information discussed in EDU-Talk, but to encourage free discussion, neither the verbatim quotations of participants, nor the identity or affiliation of group members (attribution) may be disclosed outside the group without explicit consent. Thank you.