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

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Tracking the Evolution of Causal Control

Causal explanation in biology has received much attention from philosophers of science recently, and this is especially true of work on biological mechanisms. In contrast, there has been little exploration of how the causal structure of a system relates to its ability to evolve and change over time. Here, I show how information theoretic measures of causation can illuminate questions about the evolution of causal control in gene regulatory networks, and suggest some connections between ideas about evolutionary robustness and the notions of stability and specificity in causal systems.

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Brett Calcott    
Department of Philosophy
University of Sydney


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