Scientific papers

Visualizing Macroevolution

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The adaptive landscape is an important diagrammatic concept that was conceived in population genetics. During the Modern Synthesis, in the first half of the Twentieth Century, the landscape imagery was used to represent evolution on a large scale, aiding in the construction of a common language for a new evolutionary biology. Not only historic adaptive […]

Events

Ilya Tëmkin – Perils and promises of cultural phylogenies: evolution of the Baltic Psaltery

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CISEPS – Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Economics, Psychology and Social Sciences Perils and promises of cultural phylogenies: Evolution of the Baltic Psaltery Ilya Tëmkin National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution) and NOVA (Northern Virginia Community College) Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 12:00pm Room U6/3061, Piazza dell’Ateneo Nuovo 1, Milano Abstract: The new millennium has brought […]

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Mario Barenghi – Nothing but survival: On the origin and spread of literature

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CISEPS – Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Economics, Psychology and Social Sciences Nothing but survival: On the origin and spread of literature Mario Barenghi University of Milano Bicocca January 31, 2013, 2:30pm Room U6/3061, Piazza dell’Ateneo Nuovo 1, Milano Abstract: For a long time literary theorists have been concerned with the question “What is literature?”. This […]

Books

PhD Dissertation

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This dissertation brings a contribution to the philosophical debate on adaptive landscapes, an influent “model” or “metaphor” in evolutionary biology. Some elements of innovation are: the distinction between native and migrant metaphor; a processual and communicational idea on what the Modern Synthesis was, and on what role a metaphor could have played in it; a […]

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A conceptual taxonomy of adaptation in evolutionary biology

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The concept of adaptation is employed in many fields such as biology, psychology, cognitive sciences, robotics, social sciences, even literacy and art,1 and its meaning varies quite evidently according to the particular research context in which it is applied. We expect to find a particularly rich catalogue of meanings within evolutionary biology, where adaptation has […]