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November 22, 2010 /  Nivea

Biology’s First Law

Some take the position that biology lacks laws—that the contingency of evolutionary processes means that biological entities and processes are not law-like. Others argue that it does have laws, e.g., the principle of natural selection itself.

Biologist Daniel McShea and philosopher of biology Robert Brandon dive into this debate with their provocative Biology’s First Law: The Tendency for Diversity and Complexity to Increase in Evolutionary Systems.

via [Book Review] Evolution: A Law by Any Other Name Would Smell as Sweet

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