25 Apr 2014
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Toronto
It is time for an expansion and enrichment of evolutionary theory. The "back to the future" proposal that I will describe here is based on three postulates: (1) neo-Darwinism is too impoverished for the task; (2) its predecessor, Darwinism, contained the necessary breadth of vision and metaphor to be the basis for an inclusive and unifying theory of biology; and (3) the necessary framework for this new stage in the evolution of evolutionary theory is largely in place. I will make this case through three metaphorical dualisms designed to help focus discussions toward a more cooperative and productive approach to the study of living systems: time – circular and linear; space – information space and function space and sloppy fitness space; complexity – cohesion and compensatory changes.
current theory lunch schedule