PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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On Major Transitions in Evolution 2.0

MTE 2.0 is Szathmáry’s substantive revision of his and Maynard Smith’s earlier version of MTE. Responding to a variety of criticisms, MTE 2.0 adds new events and merges some already recognized events. However, the basic explanatory aims and resources are the same as MTE 1.0: informational and complexity upgrades. Many older problems remain inherent in this revised version, particularly the identification of generic rather than actual events, and the inability to recognize major evolutionary turning points that are not about information, individuality and complexification. I will explore what MTE might look like if major energetic and simplification events were included.

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Maureen O'Malley    
Philosophy
University of Bordeaux

 

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