June 25, 2012 Mandatory sentencing guidelines for crack cocaine disproportionately affected black people. Why? Caryn Devins and Stuart Kauffman argue that simple laws introduced into complex networks, such as our legal system, produce unintended consequences.
June 18, 2012 Is the law a simple series of individual rules acting discretely on society? Or is it a complex web shaping our nation in unforeseen and destructive ways? Commentators Caryn Devins and Stuart Kauffman see trouble in our legal system.
June 4, 2012 How old we really are, with accumulated wisdom if we will be wise enough to heed it.
May 21, 2012 An oral tradition passed down through the generations over thousands of years lives on in modern Finland as the Kalevala. Commentator Stuart Kauffman is moved by the ancient tale's creation myth.
May 7, 2012 Commentator Stuart Kauffman says it's time we return the ancient art of rhetoric to its rightful place in society.
A father and his two sons consulting the oracles of Apollo at Delphi in ancient Greece, circa 600 B.C.
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April 23, 2012 Commentator Stuart Kauffman argues that there is more to life than science. He says that we can't know everything, especially what will happen in the future.
April 16, 2012 Why is Darwin's "bank of life" tangled? Because, in part, the "arrival of the fittest" is sufficiently likely. Adaptation is able to happen only because of this. Selection winnows, as the wag said, but the abundant possibilities of the ways of life yields the arrival of the fittest.
April 9, 2012 Major experimental and theoretical advances are being made to understand the origin of life. It is reasonable that within one or two decades we shall have made at least self-reproducing and evolving "protocells."
A fish with a faulty swim bladder.
April 2, 2012 How does Darwin explain the swim bladder?
March 26, 2012 We can have laws about evolution where there are no entailing laws. These are Formal Cause Laws implied by refined ensemble theories.
March 12, 2012 With no pre-stated alphabet, information theory, as now available, has no relevance to evolution.
March 5, 2012 The evolving biosphere and econosphere have both exhibited astonishing increases in diversity and complexity over time.
February 27, 2012 Are biological "Functions" and "Doings" real in the universe? According to most scientists, "no." They are mistaken manners of speaking. You see, in all of physics, there are only "Happenings," not Functions in the biological sense.
February 21, 2012 Are global financial and political power concentrated too fully in the hands of a few? Commentator Stuart Kauffman is concerned that the answer is probably "yes."
February 13, 2012 The words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, from his essay "Self-Reliance," offer a way forward for humanity, according to commentator Stuart Kauffman.
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