Project News

April 25
Reframing research on evolutionary novelty and co-option: Character identity mechanisms versus deep homology

Authors James DiFrisco, Günter P. Wagner and Alan C. Love’s article “Reframing research on evolutionary novelty and co-option: Character identity mechanisms versus deep homology” was recently published in Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology. All are part of the Agency, Directionality & Function project. In the article, the authors “argue that research on evolutionary novelty and the closely associated phenomenon of co-option can be reframed fruitfully” in several ways.

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April 21
The integrated information theory of agency

Hugh Desmond, a member of the “Agency and Agential  Explanation in the Evolutionary Sciences” project, recently co-authored “The integrated information theory of agency” in Cambridge University Press’ Behavioral and Brain Sciences. The authors propose that “measures of information integration can be more straightforwardly interpreted as measures of agency rather than of consciousness.”

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April 19
The arithmetic mean of what? A Cautionary Tale about the Use of the Geometric Mean as a Measure of Fitness

“The arithmetic mean of what? A Cautionary Tale about the Use of the Geometric Mean as a Measure of Fitness” is an Open Access article in Biology & Philosophy by “Transitions in individuality: from ecology to teleonomy” project PI Pierrick Bourrat and Peter Takacs. Their project is part of the “Evolutionary Origins and Transitions of Agency” cluster of projects.

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April 18
Convergent evolution of a blood-red nectar pigment in vertebrate-pollinated flowers

Emilie Snell-Rood, PI of the “A conceptual framework of ‘function’ in biology and bio-inspired design” project, contributed to the Open Access article “Convergent evolution of a blood-red nectar pigment in vertebrate-pollinated flowers” in Plant Biology in January 2022. The findings “join a growing list of examples of distinct biochemical and molecular mechanisms underlying evolutionary convergence and provide a fascinating system for testing how interactions across species drive the evolution of novel pigments in an understudied context.”

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April 15
Submission deadline - 15 May. Call for Papers: Teleology for the 21st Century

Teleology used to be one of the central topics in metaphysics from antiquity until well into the 19th century, but it is rarely discussed today. This lacuna is unfortunate, because the nature of goal-directedness has important implications in debates about biological functions, human and AI agency, naturalism, the philosophy of social science, the philosophy of mind, and experimental philosophy. We are looking for innovative papers that shed light on what teleology is, either from a general metaphysical standpoint or in connection with some specific debate.
Guest Editors: Daniel Kodaj (Eötvös Loránd University), László Bernáth (Eötvös Loránd Research Network & Eötvös Loránd University), Martin Pickup (University of Birmingham)

Appropriate topics include, but are not limited to:

  • New approaches to teleology in the philosophy of biology

  • Concepts of teleology that go beyond the philosophy of biology and relate to issues in, or re-structure debates within, the philosophy of action, social ontology, or the philosophy of mind

  • Goal-directedness and AI

  • The role of teleology in the explanatory practices of the natural vs the social sciences

The deadline for submissions is 15 May 2022.

For further information, please contact the lead guest editor at: dkodaj@gmail.com.

Submissions via: https://www.editorialmanager.com/synt/default.aspx

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