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Chris Adami
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Survival of the Steepest
Most textbooks tell you that the evolutionary process is really quite simple: three rules are all that's necessary: inheritance , variation , and selection . It is indeed true that these three rules are all that's needed for evolution to occur, but that doe...

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An evolutionary theory of music
"The beauty of music is in the ear of the beholder", we are always told. Or perhaps we are not always told this, but I imagine that we should be told that. Because while I like a lot of music that other people like, I don't always agree with what other peop...

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What can the physics of spin crystals tell us about how we cooperate?
In the natural world, cooperation is everywhere. You can see it among people, of course, but not everybody cooperates all the time. Some people, as I'm sure you've heard or experienced, don't really care for cooperation. Indeed, if cooperation were somethin...

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Are quanta particles or waves?
The title of this post is an age-old question isn't it? Particle or wave? Wave or particle? Many have rightly argued that the so-called " wave-particle duality " is at the very heart of quantum weirdness, and hence, of all of quantum mechanics. Einstein sai...

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Can Life emerge spontaneously?
It would be nice if we knew where we came from. Sure, Darwin's insight that we are the product of an ongoing process that creates new and meaningful solutions to surviving in complex and unpredictable environments is great and all. But it requires three sin...

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Ten Years (give or take) in the Evolution of a Protein
How do proteins evolve? Generally the answer is "Slowly!". But sometimes, protein evolution can be blazingly fast. How fast, you ask? Ask instead the lizards of the South Adriatic Sea! OK, where is the South Adriatic Sea? you ask. You should really be askin...

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On quantum measurement (Part 7: There goes the Copenhagen Interpretation)
So this is the final installment of the "On quantum measurement" series. You may have arrived here by reading all previous parts in one sitting (I've heard of such feats in the comments). This is the apotheosis: what all these posts have been gearing up to....

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Evolving Intelligence ... With a Little Help
The year 2015 may go down in history for a lot of things. Just this December saw a number of firsts: A movie about armed conflict among celestial bodies breaks all records, a rocket delivers a payload of satellites and returns back to Earth vertically, not ...

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Shadowgenes: The hidden lives of pseudogenes
Sometimes we are lulled into a belief that we actually know how biology works. Not that biology is simple, mind you, but after a while we "get the hang of it" and think we have it under control.  Sure, we know that molecular biology is complicated: Genes ha...

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My take on the discussion, on Huffington Post Science Blogs
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