Project News

August 4
Form, Cause, and Explanation in Biology: A Neo-Aristotelian Perspective

Christopher Austin, part of the “Mistakes in living systems: a new conceptual framework” project, contributed the chapter “Form, Cause, and Explanation in Biology: A Neo-Aristotelian Perspective” to the first edition of the book Neo-Aristotelian Perspectives on Formal Causation published by Routledge.

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August 2
Chances and Propensities in Evo-Devo

Dr. Laura Nuño de la Rosa, coordinator of the Directionality in Genomics and Macroevolution cluster of projects, recently co-authored “Chances and Propensities in Evo-Devo” in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. The authors “provide a propensity interpretation of variational probabilities that solves a conceptual confusion between causal properties, variational probabilities and extant variation present in the literature, and explore some metaphysical consequences that follow from our interpretation, specifically with regards to the nature of developmental types.”

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July 28
Philosophy of science in practice in ecological model building

Jeferson Coutinho and Charbel El-Hani, part of the “An Organizational Account of Ecological Functions” project, recently contributed to the Open Access article “Philosophy of science in practice in ecological model building” published in Biology and Philosophy.

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July 26
Probabilistic Inference with Polymerizing Biochemical Circuits

Walter Fontana, one of the project’s Scientific Board of Advisors, co-wrote the Open Access article “Probabilistic Inference with Polymerizing Biochemical Circuits” published in Entropy in April 2022. The authors write, “Our approach relies on assembling linear polymers that record the history of environmental changes, where the polymerization process produces molecular complexes that reflect posterior probabilities.”

July 20
Design for an Individual: Connectionist Approaches to the Evolutionary Transitions in Individuality

Richard Watson, associate professor at the University of Southampton and part of the “Agential Behavior and Plasticity in Evolution” group of projects, recently contributed to the “Design for an Individual: Connectionist Approaches to the Evolutionary Transitions in Individuality” article published in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution.

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