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Carving Nature at Its JointsNatural Kinds in Metaphysics and Science

Carving Nature at Its Joints: Natural Kinds in Metaphysics and Science

Joseph Keim Campbell, Michael O'Rourke, and Matthew H. Slater (eds)

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262015936
eISBN:
9780262298780
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262015936.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Contemporary discussions of the success of science often invoke an ancient metaphor from Plato’s Phaedrus: successful theories should “carve nature at its joints,” but is nature really “jointed?” Are ... More

EmergenceContemporary Readings in Philosophy and Science

Emergence: Contemporary Readings in Philosophy and Science

Mark A. Bedau and Paul Humphreys (eds)

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262026215
eISBN:
9780262268011
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262026215.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Emergence, largely ignored just thirty years ago, has become one of the liveliest areas of research in both philosophy and science. Fueled by advances in complexity theory, artificial life, physics, ... More

Free Will as an Open Scientific Problem

Free Will as an Open Scientific Problem

Mark Balaguer

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262013543
eISBN:
9780262258548
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262013543.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This largely antimetaphysical treatment of free will and determinism argues that the philosophical problem of free will boils down to an open scientific question about the causal histories of certain ... More

Humanity's EndWhy We Should Reject Radical Enhancement

Humanity's End: Why We Should Reject Radical Enhancement

Nicholas Agar

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262014625
eISBN:
9780262289122
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262014625.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Proposals to make us smarter than the greatest geniuses or to add thousands of years to our life spans seem fit only for the spam folder or trash can, yet these are what contemporary advocates of ... More

Information and Living SystemsPhilosophical and Scientific Perspectives

Information and Living Systems: Philosophical and Scientific Perspectives

George Terzis and Robert Arp (eds)

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262201742
eISBN:
9780262295246
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262201742.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Information shapes biological organization in fundamental ways and at every organizational level. Because organisms use information—including DNA codes, gene expression, and chemical signaling—to ... More

Ingenious GenesHow Gene Regulation Networks Evolve to Control Development

Ingenious Genes: How Gene Regulation Networks Evolve to Control Development

Roger Sansom

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262195812
eISBN:
9780262298209
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262195812.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Each of us is a collection of more than ten trillion cells, busy performing tasks crucial to our continued existence. Gene regulation networks, consisting of a subset of genes called transcription ... More

Systems, Experts, and ComputersThe Systems Approach in Management and Engineering, World War II and After

Systems, Experts, and Computers: The Systems Approach in Management and Engineering, World War II and After

Agatha C. Hughes and Thomas P. Hughes (eds)

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262082853
eISBN:
9780262275873
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262082853.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

After World War II, a systems approach to solving complex problems and managing complex systems came into vogue among engineers, scientists, and managers, fostered in part by the diffusion of digital ... More

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