Research questions

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What kind of research questions will be considered?

  • Can we model our universe as an evolutionary developmental system?
  • 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?
  • In nonlinear science, what theoretical and mathematical tools and models may be proposed for these ideas?
  • 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?
  • How does intelligence, or more specifically the phenomenon of world- and self-modeling, influence the dynamics of evolution and development in biological systems?
  • To what extent is the universe life and intelligence friendly? To what degree can such friendliness/fine-tuning be characterized in developmental terms?
  • What are the broad human implications of an evo devo universe? What values does it imply?
  • What are the methodological and epistemological status of these approaches?
  • Why are well behaved normal-like distributions, and Zipf/Pareto/Mandelbrot distributions so ubiquitous in nature? Peter G. Neumann says here that Vitold Belevitch showed that such distributions are all mathematically related, by Taylor series expansions (with first, second, third order truncations). Is this true? What does theoretical biology say about distributions in evolutionary and developmental processes?