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Stuart Kauffman: Ethics

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11/17/2011

Stuart Kauffman, one of the world's most eminent scientists — a founder of the field of complex systems science, pioneer of biocomplexity research, and MacArthur "Genius" Fellow — visits the Gund for an informal discussion. In this visit, Kauffman touches upon contemporary social networks, the evolution of fish swim bladders, Newton's enlightenment, Heraclitus, and the question "Can anyone list all possible uses of a screwdriver?" as metaphors for the idea that new functionalities are never entailed. Rather, a thing cannot be pre-stated until it emerges. The biosphere as a nexus of causes, radical emergence, and how human reason fits into the picture are also explored.

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