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John M. Smart, President, Acceleration Studies Foundation, Mountain View, CA USA. (V5.9, Apr 2009)
The underlying paradigm for cosmology is theoretical physics. In this paper we explore ways this framework might be extended with insights from information and computation studies and evolutionary developmental (evo-devo) biology. We also briefly consider implications of such a framework for cosmic culture. In organic systems, adaptive evolutionary development guides the production of intelligent, ordered and complex structures. In such systems we can distinguish evolutionary processes which are stochastic, creative, and ‘divergent,’ and developmental processes which produce statistically predictable, robust, conservative, and ‘convergent’ structures and trajectories.
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Paul Ormerod1*and Rich Colbaugh2
There is empirical evidence from a range of disciplines that as the connectivity of a
network increases, we observe an increase in the average fitness of the system. But at
the same time, there is an increase in the proportion of failure/extinction events which
are extremely large. The probability of observing an extreme event remains very low,
but it is markedly higher than in the system with lower degrees of connectivity.
We give examples from complex systems such as outages in the US power grid, the
robustness properties of cell biology networks, and trade links and the propagation of
both currency crises and disease.
We consider networks which are populated by agents which are heterogeneous in
terms of their fitness for survival. The network evolves over time, and in each period
agents take self-interested decisions to increase their fitness for survival to form
alliances which increase the connectivity of the network.
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Consider now Wexelblat's Law, reduced to an aphorism: When it comes to technological arrogance, nature has a nasty sense of humor. To Wexelblat, the disasters he has identified are simple, if slow-motion. "You build a technological system, then overexploi