New Paper (2023): Piaget’s Paradox: Adaptation, Evolution, and Agency

8 May 2024

New Paper (2023): Piaget’s Paradox: Adaptation, Evolution, and Agency

In this paper, published open access in Human Development, Denis Walsh addresses Piaget’s theory of equilibration and its significance in overcoming the Modern Synthesis, as an object theory, for an agent theory of evolution. Abstract: Piaget’s Behaviour and Evolution (1976) sought to reconcile the view that organismal adaptiveness – in the form of equilibration – could contribute […]

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New paper (2023): A revised central dogma for the 21st century: All biology is cognitive information processing

10 October 2023

New paper (2023): A revised central dogma for the 21st century: All biology is cognitive information processing

This new paper advances the provocative thesis that we should revise the central dogma of molecular biology in the direction of a biology of cognition, based on a regime of self-reference that is operational already at the level of the cell. Paper available here. Abstract: Crick’s Central Dogma has been a foundational aspect of 20th […]

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Rise of the Agents

3 October 2023

Rise of the Agents

If you look up the characteristics of life in any standard Biology textbook, you’ll likely find some list like this: reproduction, heredity, cellular organization, growth and development, response to stimuli, adaptation through evolution, homeostasis, and metabolism. What you won’t find is agency. The fact that living organisms can do things is arguably the most important […]

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