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=== <span style="color:#3371FF;font-family:Arial">'''Our Latest Book'''</span> ===
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Our latest edited volume of EDU-related research [https://www.springer.com/us/book/9783030000745 '''Evolution, Development and Complexity'''], came out in the Springer Complexity Series in 2019. This book is our best testament yet to the great value of what we call '''Biology-Inspired Complexity Science & Philosophy''', the central theme of our EDU community. See the [https://sites.google.com/clemvidal.com/edc2017/home Satellite website] for abstracts. To be considered for future publications, contact lead editor [mailto:ggeorgiev@assumption.edu Georgi Georgiev] with an abstract of your own related work.
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=== '''Community Conference''' ===
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Our most recent academic meeting was [https://sites.google.com/clemvidal.com/edc2017/home '''Evolution, Development, and Complexity 2017''']. It was a full-day satellite conference on '''20 Sept 2017''', at the [http://ccs17.unam.mx/ '''Conference on Complex Systems 2017'''], 17-22 Sept in Cancun, Mexico. Thanks to all the scientists, researchers, and complex systems scholars who attended.
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=== '''News''' ===
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Visit and critique our latest wiki pages,
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[http://evodevouniverse.com/wiki/Evolutionary_development_(evo_devo,_ED) '''Evolutionary Development'''] and [http://evodevouniverse.com/wiki/Convergent_evolution_(EDU_version) '''Convergent Evolution'''].
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Win or contribute to the [http://www.highenergyastrobiology.com '''High Energy Astrobiology Prize'''] Research, criticize, vote, propose ideas, or donate to test the existence of extraterrestrial life in binary stars (stellivore hypothesis).
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Visit and comment at our [http://evodevouniverse.com/blog '''EDU blog''']
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=== '''Select Member Publications''' ===
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Clément Vidal's book: [http://www.springer.com/astronomy/book/978-3-319-05061-4 '''''The Beginning and the End: The Meaning of Life in a Cosmological Perspective'''''], 2014, Springer. [[Image:Vidal-book-cover.png|140px|right|caption|link=http://www.springer.com/astronomy/book/978-3-319-05061-4]]
  
# To establish an evo devo universe (EDU) community to explore ideas, models, and questions involving evolutionary and developmental processes that may be operating in the universe as a system, which may itself exist within a more extensive cosmologic environment (the multiverse).<br>
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John O. Campbell's books: [http://www.amazon.com/Darwin-Does-Physics-John-Campbell/dp/1503199436/ '''''Darwin Does Physics'''''], 2015 and [https://www.amazon.com/Knowing-Universe-John-Campbell-ebook/dp/B09JL8SRGS '''''The Knowing Universe'''''], 2021. A largely unnoticed scientific revolution has occurred over the past forty-five years. The Darwinian paradigm has been successfully applied to numerous fields outside of biology: including the social and behavioral sciences and most recently to the physical sciences. Longstanding concepts in physics and information theory, including the [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_energy_principle free energy principle] and [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Variational_Bayesian_methods Bayesian inference], are now being used to model how information becomes knowledge in a great variety of adaptive systems, including quantum, molecular, cellular, neural, cultural, and technological systems, and even to contemplate our universe itself as an autopoetic (evo-devo) learning system. Such autopoetic, model-centric, and selectionist approaches promise a conceptual unification of many branches of science.  
# To bring together select cosmologists, biologists, complexity theorists, nonlinear mathematicians, systems theorists, information theorists, computer scientists, philosophers, and bridge-building interdisciplinarians who have all addressed dimensions of this inquiry in previous publications.<br>
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# To identify a larger and multidisciplinary global community of scholars with interest in exploring analogies of the universe as a biological system, and of the universe as an information processing system, and in discriminating potential evolutionary and developmental processes and their interrelationships on either universal or local (macrobiological, planetary) scales.<br>
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# To conduct a three year inquiry and conference publication series to produce an overview of the domain.<br>
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# To produce an original PhD inquiry into evo devo universe themes which benefits directly from and is assessed by this community of scholars.<br>
 
# To provide an overview of current thinking on key questions in the evolution and development of the universe as a system.
 
  
==='''Project description'''===
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=== '''Overview''' ===
  
''“If life follows from [primordial] soup with causal dependability, the laws of nature encode a hidden subtext, a cosmic imperative, which tells them: “Make life!” And, through life, its by-products: mind, knowledge, understanding. It means that the laws of the universe have engineered their own comprehension. This is a breathtaking vision of nature, magnificent and uplifting in its majestic sweep. I hope it is correct. It would be wonderful if it were correct. But if it is, it represents a shift in the scientific world-view as profound as that initiated by Copernicus and Darwin put together.''  
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Davies, P. (1999) The Fifth Miracle. New York: Simon & Schuster, p 246.  
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The '''EDU Scholarly Research Community''' explores how our understanding of the universe as a complex system might be augmented by insights from information and computation studies, evolutionary developmental (evo-devo) biology, and hypotheses and models of quasi-evolutionary and quasi-developmental process applied at universal and subsystem scales. The major focus of our community is '''Biology-Inspired Complexity Science and Philosophy (BICS&P)''' in [http://evodevouniverse.com/wiki/Top_complexity_organizations '''ten areas of universal complexity''']. We think this approach helps us address a few of the "missing links" in complexity research today.  
  
The idea that the universe and its physical laws are fine-tuned to have the precise values that make life emerge has been championed for decades by Davies and other like-minded thinkers. It is part of a broader striving to articulate a "meta-Darwinian" paradigm that predicts certain systemic aspects of complexity's emergence as statistically probable, arising from the unique parameters (laws, constants, conditions) of our particular universe, and at the same time reconciles this view with the prodigious evidence for the stochastic, contingent Darwinian mechanisms of emergence observed in living systems in their particulars. This striving is today found at the edge of major scientific disciplines and in interdisciplinary inquiry, philosophy of science, and the writings of independent scholars. The scientific need to organize the literature, evidence, and arguments of those proposing such articulation and reconciliation is great.  
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The underlying paradigm for cosmology is theoretical physics. It has helped us understand much about universal space, time, energy, and matter, but does not presently connect strongly to the emergence of information, computation, life and mind.  
  
Fortunately, recent developments in evolutionary developmental ("evo devo") biology, astrobiology, and cosmology have provided promising new avenues of research for meta-Darwinian investigations. Consider the following insight from evo devo biology: two genetically identical twins are unpredictably unique in their stochastically-determined dynamics and structure (organogenesis, fingerprints, neural connectivity, etc.) yet predictably similar in a range of systemically convergent emergent aspects (gross physical appearance, key psychological attributes, lifespan, etc.). A number of nonbiological processes, such as snowflake formation, and biological ones, such as brain emergence, can be modeled as both locally chaotic and contingently adaptive, or evolutionary (e.g., Edelman's Neural Darwinism, Calvin's Cerebral Code) while also systemically statistically predictable, or developmental. By analogy, to what degree might we model our universe as another evolutionary and developmental nonlinear complex adaptive system? Would two initially parametrically identical universes each exhibit unpredictably separate and unique evolutionary differentiation over their lifespan, and at the same time, a broad set of predictable developmental milestones and shared structure between them? Such investigations may yield insights into both evolutionary and developmental (evo devo) processes operating at multiple levels in complex systems.
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In the neo-Darwinian paradigm, adaptive evolutionary development guides the production of ordered, complex and intelligent structures. When we consider informational algorithms in biological systems, we can distinguish '''evolutionary processes''' which are stochastic, variety-creating, divergent, and contingently adaptive and '''developmental processes''' which produce convergent and systemically statistically predictable structures and trajectories internal to the developmental cycle. Such evo and devo algorithms emerged via replication and various selection functions, depending on environment. By analogy with the evolutionary development of two genetically identical twins, a variety of cosmology models predict that two parametrically identical universes would each exhibit unpredictably separate and unique "evolutionary" variation over their lifespan, and at the same time, a broad set of predictable "developmental" milestones and shared structure and function between them. In what other ways does our universe appear to be an evolutionary developmental system? What models suggest our universe may replicate and be selected upon in some extrauniversal environment? How do unpredictability and predictability interact in all replicating systems within our universe, from stars to chemistry to life, and what generic selection functions apply? To what extent may these intrauniversal models help us understand the way unpredictability and predictability work together in physics and cosmology, in service to universal complexity?
  
Finally, evo devo investigations must seek to better understand not only life but the role of intelligence within the universe. Theories of information and computation which attempt to translate between the scale spectrum of particular sciences, between classical and algorithmic information theory, and new cosmological models of our universe as a computational entity may aid our early endeavors. There is no a priori supposition that our universe is “alive” or “computational” in these investigations. Vitalistic and technologic analogies in complexity science may be useful cognitive tools, but only to a point. Likewise, there may be sharp limits to the generalizability of evolution and development as processes of change operating at multiple scales, and in representations possible in current nonlinear science. Nevertheless, humanity is very early in these investigations and we see much potential ahead.
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We are particularly interested in exploring hypotheses of '''universal evolutionary process''' (sometimes called "Universal Darwinism"), and '''universal developmental process''' (constraining and future-predictable laws, hierarchy, form, function, and life cycle) which may be operating in complex adaptive systems at all scales. We seek to better understand evolutionary and developmental processes of self-organization and adaptation at all scales, including the universal scale. If universe is a replicator within the [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiverse '''multiverse'''], as preliminary models like [http://evodevouniverse.com/wiki/Cosmological_natural_selection_(fecund_universes) '''cosmological natural selection'''] propose, it would be expected to adaptively [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-organization '''self-organize'''] both its evolutionary and developmental processes, just as those processes have self-organized in living systems. Evo-devo models propose that not only is our universe in many ways evolutionary (innovative, selectionist, contingent), but it is also developmental (conservative, hierarchical, convergent), as one would expect under replication. For example, the isotropy, compartmentalization, parallelism, and far-future similarity (convergence) we find in universal complex structure and function, at the hierarchy levels of galaxies, stars, and rocky planets, and which may also include astrobiological life and intelligence, has many physical and informational parallels to the isotropy, compartmentalization, parallelism, and far-future similarity seen in biological development.  
  
=== '''What kind of research questions will be tackled?'''===
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For more, please see the '''[[Project|EDU Project]]''' page.
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A brief article on our work by [http://www.michaelchorost.com/ Michael Chorost]: Title: [http://evodevouniverse.com/uploads/c/c2/Nscientist01-2012.pdf The Ascent of Life (PDF)]. ''New Scientist'' magazine, 21 Jan 2012, pp. 35-37.
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* Can we model our universe as an evolutionary developmental system?
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=== '''Listserves, People, Themes, Questions, Bibliography, and SIGs'''===
  
* Local uniqueness and systemic predictability appear in many classes of inanimate systems, from snowflakes to continental plates. To what extent may such uniquenesses be modeled as evolutionary, and similarities as developmental?
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For EDU notice and discussion lists, see '''[[Listserves]]'''. For current EDU community scholars and associates, please see the '''[[People]]''' page. For a list of research themes, see the [[Research themes|'''Themes''']] page. For some current research questions, see the [[Research questions|'''Questions''']] page. For a starter list of EDU-related publications by community scholars, and other publications of note, see '''[[Bibliography]]'''. For a list of primary special interest groups, see '''[[Research_themes#Special_Interest_Groups_(SIGs)|SIGs]]'''. For a list of future conference themes and proposals, see [[Conference_themes|'''Conference Themes''']].
  
* In nonlinear science, what theoretical and mathematical tools and models may be proposed for these ideas?
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=== '''Founding Conference''' ===
 
* In hierarchy theory, to what degree may evolutionary and developmental lessons learned at one complex system level illuminate another?
 
  
* To what degree can evolutionary and developmental models of information processing in biology be generalized to geophysical and universal environments?
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Our first international EDU conference, Oct 8-9 2008 in Paris, France. It started our community, which has steadily grown since then on our listserves. See the [[Conference 2008|'''Conference 2008''']] page for EDU 2008 program, abstracts, slides, and some audio of presentations.
  
* How does intelligence, or more specifically the phenomenon of world- and self-modeling, influence the dynamics of evolution and development in biological systems?
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* To what extent is the universe life and intelligence friendly? To what degree can such friendliness/fine-tuning be characterized in developmental terms?
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* What are the broad human implications of an evo devo universe? What values does it imply?
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'''Do you have a respectable scientific community to discuss your more heterodox (unorthodox, provocative, exploratory) ideas in evolution, development, and complexity?''' Maybe you have a model or theory, or wish to discuss, critique, or design an experiment to evaluate a model or theory, that is a bit outside the mainstream? Intellectual breakthroughs don’t always fit with established traditions. We take this fact seriously in the EDU community, and offer a forum for careful, evidence-seeking discussion and critique of more creative and daring hypotheses. Evo-Devo Universe has over a hundred academically-affiliated scholars from a wide variety of disciplines, engaged in serious, courteous, open-minded, constructive, and private discussion of the frontiers of science, in our main themes of '''evolution, development, and complexity'''. Our community uses the [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chatham_House_Rule '''Chatham House Rule'''], where scholars are free to use the information from the discussion, but are not allowed to reveal the source, without that source's permission. This encourages high-reputation scholars to engage in frank debates on controversial topics, and to express early intuitions and tentative opinions that would not otherwise be expressed in more public venues.
  
* What are the methodological and epistemological status of these approaches?
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==='''Objectives'''===
  
==='''Who are we?''' ===
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# To establish an '''evo-devo universe (EDU) research community''' to explore ideas, models, and questions involving evolutionary and developmental processes that may be operating in the universe as a system, which may itself exist within a more extensive cosmologic environment (the multiverse).<br>
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# To bring together select '''cosmologists, physicists, chemists, biologists, complexity theorists, mathematicians, systems theorists, information theorists, computer scientists, philosophers, independent scholars, and bridge-building interdisciplinarians''' who have all addressed dimensions of this inquiry in previous publications.<br>
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# To identify a multidisciplinary global community of scholars with interest in '''exploring analogies of the universe as an evolutionary and developmental system''', and of the '''universe as complex system''', and in discriminating potential evolutionary and developmental processes and their interrelationships on either universal or subsystem scales.<br>
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# To conduct a '''periodic inquiry, conference publication series, and open access overview''' of current thinking on the evolution and development of the universe as a system.<br>
  
The project originated from [[John Smart]] and [[Clément Vidal]].
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=== '''How can I participate?'''===
  
The first researchers who agreed to participate in the project are:
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There are several ways you can participate in the Evo-Devo Universe (EDU) community.
  
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* Institutionally-affiliated academics and a limited number of independent scholars are encouraged to join the [http://groups.google.com/group/edu-talk '''EDU-Talk discussion list'''], a moderated private list for scholars interested in exploring and critiquing models, hypotheses, questions, and speculations relating to the evolution and development of the universe and its subsystems. Your membership on the list can be public or private, as you prefer. Please complete the brief '''[[EDU-Talk subscription form]]'''.
  
*[http://pespmc1.vub.ac.be/HEYL.html Francis Heylighen], a systems theorist, focusing on the '''evolution of complexity'''.
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* Consider coming to and presenting at one of our [[Next_Conference|'''One-Day Conferences''']], typically co-located with other academic conferences, where you will meet and can build collaborations with other scholars with similar interests. You are also encouraged to start a [[Research_themes#Special_Interest_Groups_.28SIGs.29|'''SIG''']] within our community on your particular subject of interest.
  
=== '''How can I participate in the project?'''===
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* If you are a researcher in physics, cosmology, chemistry, biology, philosophy, information, computation, complexity sciences or other field who is considering some of our [[Research_questions|'''Research questions''']], we will be glad to welcome you as a publicly listed member of the community, on our [[People|'''People''']] page.
  
There are many ways you can participate to the Evo Devo Universe (EDU) project.  
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* If you are interested in doing bibliographic research, scholar recruiting, or community support, we will be glad to welcome you as an [[People#Associates|'''Associate''']] member of the community. Perhaps you would like to help us build our [[Bibliography|'''bibliography''']] and global [[People|'''scholar network''']] related to EDU themes. We also welcome bibliographic and scholar recruitment suggestions.
  
* If you are a researcher in '''cosmology''', '''biology''', '''philosophy''', '''complexity sciences''' or simply a researcher busy with the same [http://evodevouniverse.com/wiki/index.php/Main_Page#What_kind_of_research_questions_will_be_tackled.3F research questions], we will be very glad to make you become a member of the community. You can contact [[John Smart]] or [[Clément Vidal]].  
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* Anyone may join our public [http://groups.google.com/group/edu-notices '''EDU-Notices list''']. This moderated, announcement-only list is low volume and will keep you abreast of EDU Community activities (conferences, publications, etc.). Members may also post notices of important events, call for papers, publications, etc. on [[Research_themes|'''EDU-related themes''']] (notices subject to moderator approval) .
  
* Our first aim is to build an extensive bibliography. We thus welcome bibliographical suggestions relevant to EDU.
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* We greatly appreciate one-time or ongoing '''financial support''' and any help or advice related to fundraising for the project. Individual or institutional donations may be made to ASF, the nonprofit sponsoring this community, by [http://accelerating.org/donations.html '''PayPal''' or '''check'''].
  
* We welcome financial support and any help or advice related to fundraising.
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* We are grateful for initial funding of the project by [http://isc-pif.csregistry.org/tiki-index.php '''The Complex Systems Institute, Paris (ISC-PIF)''']
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Welcome to the Evo-Devo Universe Community!
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Our Latest Book

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Our latest edited volume of EDU-related research Evolution, Development and Complexity, came out in the Springer Complexity Series in 2019. This book is our best testament yet to the great value of what we call Biology-Inspired Complexity Science & Philosophy, the central theme of our EDU community. See the Satellite website for abstracts. To be considered for future publications, contact lead editor Georgi Georgiev with an abstract of your own related work.

Community Conference

Our most recent academic meeting was Evolution, Development, and Complexity 2017. It was a full-day satellite conference on 20 Sept 2017, at the Conference on Complex Systems 2017, 17-22 Sept in Cancun, Mexico. Thanks to all the scientists, researchers, and complex systems scholars who attended.

News

Visit and critique our latest wiki pages, Evolutionary Development and Convergent Evolution.

Win or contribute to the High Energy Astrobiology Prize Research, criticize, vote, propose ideas, or donate to test the existence of extraterrestrial life in binary stars (stellivore hypothesis).

Visit and comment at our EDU blog

Select Member Publications

Clément Vidal's book: The Beginning and the End: The Meaning of Life in a Cosmological Perspective, 2014, Springer.
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John O. Campbell's books: Darwin Does Physics, 2015 and The Knowing Universe, 2021. A largely unnoticed scientific revolution has occurred over the past forty-five years. The Darwinian paradigm has been successfully applied to numerous fields outside of biology: including the social and behavioral sciences and most recently to the physical sciences. Longstanding concepts in physics and information theory, including the free energy principle and Bayesian inference, are now being used to model how information becomes knowledge in a great variety of adaptive systems, including quantum, molecular, cellular, neural, cultural, and technological systems, and even to contemplate our universe itself as an autopoetic (evo-devo) learning system. Such autopoetic, model-centric, and selectionist approaches promise a conceptual unification of many branches of science.

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Overview

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The EDU Scholarly Research Community explores how our understanding of the universe as a complex system might be augmented by insights from information and computation studies, evolutionary developmental (evo-devo) biology, and hypotheses and models of quasi-evolutionary and quasi-developmental process applied at universal and subsystem scales. The major focus of our community is Biology-Inspired Complexity Science and Philosophy (BICS&P) in ten areas of universal complexity. We think this approach helps us address a few of the "missing links" in complexity research today.

The underlying paradigm for cosmology is theoretical physics. It has helped us understand much about universal space, time, energy, and matter, but does not presently connect strongly to the emergence of information, computation, life and mind.

In the neo-Darwinian paradigm, adaptive evolutionary development guides the production of ordered, complex and intelligent structures. When we consider informational algorithms in biological systems, we can distinguish evolutionary processes which are stochastic, variety-creating, divergent, and contingently adaptive and developmental processes which produce convergent and systemically statistically predictable structures and trajectories internal to the developmental cycle. Such evo and devo algorithms emerged via replication and various selection functions, depending on environment. By analogy with the evolutionary development of two genetically identical twins, a variety of cosmology models predict that two parametrically identical universes would each exhibit unpredictably separate and unique "evolutionary" variation over their lifespan, and at the same time, a broad set of predictable "developmental" milestones and shared structure and function between them. In what other ways does our universe appear to be an evolutionary developmental system? What models suggest our universe may replicate and be selected upon in some extrauniversal environment? How do unpredictability and predictability interact in all replicating systems within our universe, from stars to chemistry to life, and what generic selection functions apply? To what extent may these intrauniversal models help us understand the way unpredictability and predictability work together in physics and cosmology, in service to universal complexity?

We are particularly interested in exploring hypotheses of universal evolutionary process (sometimes called "Universal Darwinism"), and universal developmental process (constraining and future-predictable laws, hierarchy, form, function, and life cycle) which may be operating in complex adaptive systems at all scales. We seek to better understand evolutionary and developmental processes of self-organization and adaptation at all scales, including the universal scale. If universe is a replicator within the multiverse, as preliminary models like cosmological natural selection propose, it would be expected to adaptively self-organize both its evolutionary and developmental processes, just as those processes have self-organized in living systems. Evo-devo models propose that not only is our universe in many ways evolutionary (innovative, selectionist, contingent), but it is also developmental (conservative, hierarchical, convergent), as one would expect under replication. For example, the isotropy, compartmentalization, parallelism, and far-future similarity (convergence) we find in universal complex structure and function, at the hierarchy levels of galaxies, stars, and rocky planets, and which may also include astrobiological life and intelligence, has many physical and informational parallels to the isotropy, compartmentalization, parallelism, and far-future similarity seen in biological development.

For more, please see the EDU Project page. A brief article on our work by Michael Chorost: Title: The Ascent of Life (PDF). New Scientist magazine, 21 Jan 2012, pp. 35-37.


Listserves, People, Themes, Questions, Bibliography, and SIGs

For EDU notice and discussion lists, see Listserves. For current EDU community scholars and associates, please see the People page. For a list of research themes, see the Themes page. For some current research questions, see the Questions page. For a starter list of EDU-related publications by community scholars, and other publications of note, see Bibliography. For a list of primary special interest groups, see SIGs. For a list of future conference themes and proposals, see Conference Themes.

Founding Conference

Our first international EDU conference, Oct 8-9 2008 in Paris, France. It started our community, which has steadily grown since then on our listserves. See the Conference 2008 page for EDU 2008 program, abstracts, slides, and some audio of presentations.


Invitation

Do you have a respectable scientific community to discuss your more heterodox (unorthodox, provocative, exploratory) ideas in evolution, development, and complexity? Maybe you have a model or theory, or wish to discuss, critique, or design an experiment to evaluate a model or theory, that is a bit outside the mainstream? Intellectual breakthroughs don’t always fit with established traditions. We take this fact seriously in the EDU community, and offer a forum for careful, evidence-seeking discussion and critique of more creative and daring hypotheses. Evo-Devo Universe has over a hundred academically-affiliated scholars from a wide variety of disciplines, engaged in serious, courteous, open-minded, constructive, and private discussion of the frontiers of science, in our main themes of evolution, development, and complexity. Our community uses the Chatham House Rule, where scholars are free to use the information from the discussion, but are not allowed to reveal the source, without that source's permission. This encourages high-reputation scholars to engage in frank debates on controversial topics, and to express early intuitions and tentative opinions that would not otherwise be expressed in more public venues.

Objectives

  1. To establish an evo-devo universe (EDU) research community to explore ideas, models, and questions involving evolutionary and developmental processes that may be operating in the universe as a system, which may itself exist within a more extensive cosmologic environment (the multiverse).
  2. To bring together select cosmologists, physicists, chemists, biologists, complexity theorists, mathematicians, systems theorists, information theorists, computer scientists, philosophers, independent scholars, and bridge-building interdisciplinarians who have all addressed dimensions of this inquiry in previous publications.
  3. To identify a multidisciplinary global community of scholars with interest in exploring analogies of the universe as an evolutionary and developmental system, and of the universe as complex system, and in discriminating potential evolutionary and developmental processes and their interrelationships on either universal or subsystem scales.
  4. To conduct a periodic inquiry, conference publication series, and open access overview of current thinking on the evolution and development of the universe as a system.

How can I participate?

There are several ways you can participate in the Evo-Devo Universe (EDU) community.

  • Institutionally-affiliated academics and a limited number of independent scholars are encouraged to join the EDU-Talk discussion list, a moderated private list for scholars interested in exploring and critiquing models, hypotheses, questions, and speculations relating to the evolution and development of the universe and its subsystems. Your membership on the list can be public or private, as you prefer. Please complete the brief EDU-Talk subscription form.
  • Consider coming to and presenting at one of our One-Day Conferences, typically co-located with other academic conferences, where you will meet and can build collaborations with other scholars with similar interests. You are also encouraged to start a SIG within our community on your particular subject of interest.
  • If you are a researcher in physics, cosmology, chemistry, biology, philosophy, information, computation, complexity sciences or other field who is considering some of our Research questions, we will be glad to welcome you as a publicly listed member of the community, on our People page.
  • If you are interested in doing bibliographic research, scholar recruiting, or community support, we will be glad to welcome you as an Associate member of the community. Perhaps you would like to help us build our bibliography and global scholar network related to EDU themes. We also welcome bibliographic and scholar recruitment suggestions.
  • Anyone may join our public EDU-Notices list. This moderated, announcement-only list is low volume and will keep you abreast of EDU Community activities (conferences, publications, etc.). Members may also post notices of important events, call for papers, publications, etc. on EDU-related themes (notices subject to moderator approval) .
  • We greatly appreciate one-time or ongoing financial support and any help or advice related to fundraising for the project. Individual or institutional donations may be made to ASF, the nonprofit sponsoring this community, by PayPal or check.
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