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Origins of Order: self-organization and selection in evolution
1. Conceptual outline of current evolutionary theory PART I: ADAPTATION ON THE EDGE OF CHAOS 2. The structure of rugged fitness landscapes 3. Biological implications of rugged Fitness Landscapes . Expand
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The origins of order
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Metabolic stability and epigenesis in randomly constructed genetic nets.
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  • Biology, Medicine
  • Journal of theoretical biology
  • 1 March 1969
Abstract Proto-organisms probably were randomly aggregated nets of chemical reactions. The hypothesis that contemporary organisms are also randomly constructed molecular automata is examined byExpand
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At Home in the Universe: The Search for the Laws of Self-Organization and Complexity
Complexity theory is one of the most controversial areas of current scientific research. Developing out of chaos theory, complexity suggests that there are hidden tendencies in nature to selectExpand
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Critical Transitions in Nature and Society
“voluntary animal motion” interested physicians, scholars, and philosophers throughout history for a variety of purposes such as relating “voluntary motion” to the soul and understanding medicalExpand
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Towards a general theory of adaptive walks on rugged landscapes.
Adaptive evolution, to a large extent, is a complex combinatorial optimization process. In this article we take beginning steps towards developing a general theory of adaptive "walks" via fitterExpand
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Developmental Constraints and Evolution: A Perspective from the Mountain Lake Conference on Development and Evolution
Developmental constraints (defined as biases on the production of variant phenotypes or limitations on phenotypic variability caused by the structure, character, composition, or dynamics of theExpand
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The logical analysis of continuous, non-linear biochemical control networks.
Abstract We propose a mapping to study the qualitative properties of continuous biochemical control networks which are invariant to the parameters used to describe the networks but depend only on theExpand
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The NK model of rugged fitness landscapes and its application to maturation of the immune response.
Adaptive evolution is, to a large extent, a complex combinatorial optimization process. Such processes can be characterized as "uphill walks on rugged fitness landscapes". Concrete examples ofExpand
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