New England Complex Systems Institute

Special Meeting, March 20, 1998

Special Meeting on Evolution and Complexity

Time: Friday, March 20, 1998: 11:00AM-5:00PM

Location: Agassiz room -- ground floor of the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology building (next to the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology) 26 Oxford St., Cambridge

Overview: Ever since Darwin, the question was raised whether a mechanisms based on random variation can lead to functionally complex adaptations like the vertebrate, eye or the brain. We propose to reconsider this problem from the standpoint of complex systems theory and discuss whether CS can contribute to the solution of this apparent paradox.

Program:

This meeting will be informal, allowing for extended discussion. It is organized as the first of a series of meetings of the New England Complex Systems Institute evolution working group. Faculty and students are welcome to participate.

We expect to meet through lunch and will order out for anybody who wants, at cost, if notification is given in advance to evolution@necsi.org. Otherwise, bring your lunch.