Anthropocene Campus: Experiment in Higher Education

I participate in ANTHROPOCENE CAMPUS, Berlin, November 14-22, 2014. I have been selected among “100 outstanding post graduates as well as actors from culture, society, and the arts”, nominated by prof. Elena Bougleux (University of Bergamo). Encouraging new forms of transdisciplinary discourse and research THE ANTHROPOCENE PROJECT 2013/14 at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin […]

Visualizing Macroevolution

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 […]

Interdisciplinary Workshop on Robustness

Goal of the workshop is to rise relevant questions as well as to encourage interdisciplinary discussions surrounding the topic of Robustness. 2014, October 14 (09.30) – 16 (17.30) Location Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma Via Álvaro del Portillo, 21 00128 Roma Programme October 14th 09:30 – 10.30  Plenary Session – Gerald H. Pollack 11.00 – […]

Evolutionary Genetics and Cultural Traits

The chapter explains why evolutionary genetics – a mathematical body of theory developed since the 1910s – eventually got to deal with culture: the frequency dynamics of genes like “the lactase gene” in populations cannot be correctly modeled without including social transmission. While the body of theory requires specific justifications, for example meticulous legitimations of […]

Stephen Jay Gould, Pere Alberch and evo-devo

Caianiello S, ed. Da Gould a evo-devo. Percorsi storici e teorici. Roma: CNR Edizioni. ISBN 978-88-8080-125-2 You can read the whole book online – OPEN ACCESS! It is the publisher’s policy one year after publication.   Serrelli E (2014). Stephen Jay Gould, Pere Alberch e il modello-orologio dell’eterocronia: incontro e divergenza alle origini di evo-devo. Caianiello […]

The landscape metaphor in development

“It seems that the landscape metaphor will continue to stay with us, at least for a while”. We start defining a landscape as a function of multiple variables and show how this can be interpreted as a dynamical system. From the perspective of dynamical systems modelling, we move to analyze Waddington’s ‘epigenetic landscape’ and landscape […]

Modeling sociocultural evolution

2013, July: Emanuele Serrelli teaches (with Nathalie Gontier) Modeling sociocultural evolution at the 1st International Summer School on Evolution, Ciencia Viva Knowledge Pavilion, Lisbon, Portugal. The program is also on Academia.edu. THE IMPORTANCE OF UNIVERSAL SYMBIOGENESIS, UNIVERSAL PUNCTUATED EQUILIBRIA THEORY, PHENOTYPIC PLASTICITY AND NICHE CONSTRUCTION FOR THE SOCIOCULTURAL SCIENCES Course Description In recent years, the classic […]

Phenotypic variation in ecological setting

Organisms are niche constructors: they impact the environment and modify selective pressures that direct their own evolution as well as that of their non-conspecific fellows in ecological systems at various scales. The theoretical acknowledgement of niche construction has inspired many reflections about the active role of organisms in evolution, often proclaiming a revolutionary theoretical change. […]

Tracing traits in linguistics, economics, and evolutionary biology. An interdisciplinary workshop

CISEPS – Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Economics, Psychology and Social Sciences Tracing traits in linguistics, economics, and evolutionary biology. An interdisciplinary workshop Federica Da Milano, Linguist, University of Milano Bicocca Nicoletta Puddu, Linguist, University of Cagliari Fabrizio Panebianco, Economist, University of Milano Bicocca Emanuele Serrelli, Philosopher of Biology, University of Milano Bicocca Thursday, December […]