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Please join our free, nonprofit, grant-funded 'Evo Devo Universe' (EDU) community. It presently numbers about 50 scholars.

To join, you need to fill-in the following details: 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.

Application 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? (Can you also provide a sentence describing each?).
  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. Please provide one short sentence describing your research.

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 answers you provide in Questions 1-7 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, biologists, cognitive and social scientists, computer scientists and 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) 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. 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) processes, 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.

Besides the listserve, other optional aspects of our community you might find interesting are listed below.

1. EDU 2012. Consider attending and presenting a paper, poster, or tutorial at our next conference, EDU 2012 ( listserve will keep you up to date on that.

2. Endorsement. To help us with granting agencies, please consider publicly endorsing EDU by listing yourself on our People page: Please provide a short sentence on your research interests, in the same format and length as exist on the page.

3. Bibliography. On our public bibliography page, consider listing up to five papers. Just send us the paper titles, and ideally a link to a public access archive of the paper. We also have a free private paper-sharing bibliography for listserve members, using Zotero 2.0 and a private server. It has currently approximately 250 papers of particular interest in EDU themes.

4. Collaborations. Once you have joined EDU, feel free to contact any of the scholars presently in the community, either through EDU-Talk listserve or by private email. Aiding research collaborations is a major goal of our community. Let us know if you need emails for any EDU scholar which are not publicly listed.

5. Wiki Editing. Our wiki uses the same software (MediaWiki) as Wikipedia. All EDU scholars are free to edit the wiki, create pages on their research interests, expand existing pages, etc. Simply create an account on the wiki using your real name, not an online pseudonym, and then login using your realname account to edit.

6. Other Scholars. If there are other researchers or students who may be interested in an invitation to the EDU community, please let us know their names and we will invite them, or invite them yourself with a link to this page.

We sincerely hope you can join our community and thereby advance the evolutionary-development of our universe!