The Evolution and Development of the Universe

Francis Heylighen, Thomas Durt, Charles Auffray, Alex Blin, Jean Chaline, Louis Crane, Börje Ekstig, Horace Fairlamb, Jan Greben, Rob Hengeveld, Gerard Jagers Op Akkerhuis, Giuseppe Longo, Nicolas Lori, Denis Noble, Laurent Nottale, Franc Rottiers, Stanley Salthe, John Stewart, Rüdiger Vaas, Gertrudis Van De VijverNico M. Van Straalen, Clement Vidal, Clement Vidal

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This document is the Special Issue of the First International Conference on the Evolution and Development of the Universe (EDU 2008).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Evolution and Development of the Universe
EditorsClément Vidal
Number of pages355
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010
EventFirst International Conference on the Evolution and Development of the Universe - Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France
Duration: 8 Oct 20089 Oct 2008

Publication series

NameFoundations of Science
ISSN (Print)1233-1821


ConferenceFirst International Conference on the Evolution and Development of the Universe
OtherThe underlying paradigm for cosmology is theoretical physics. The EDU research community explores how it might be extended by including insights from evolutionary developmental biology. In the neo-Darwinian paradigm, adaptive evolutionary development allows the production of ordered and complex structures. More specifically, we can distinguish evolutionary processes which are stochastic and contingently adaptive and developmental processes which produce systemically statistically predictable structures and trajectories internal to the developmental cycle. By analogy with the evolutionary development of two genetically identical twins, would two initially parametrically identical universes each exhibit unpredictably separate and unique evolutionary variation over their lifespan, and at the same time, a broad set of predictable developmental milestones and shared structure and function between them? More generally, can we model our universe as an evolutionary developmental system?
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  • evolution
  • development
  • universe

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