[SydPhil] INVITATION | Professor Stuart Kauffman: The Emergence and Evolution of Life Beyond Physics. At the University of Sydney, Wednesday 1 March.

Paul Griffiths paul.griffiths at sydney.edu.au
Fri Jan 20 11:00:44 AEDT 2017

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Sydney Ideas
Professor Stuart Kauffman


The Emergence and Evolution of Life Beyond Physics

Professor Stuart Kauffman, theoretical biologist and complex systems researcher, emeritus professor of biochemistry at the University of Pennsylvania

Co-presented with the Centre for Complex Systems<http://sydney.edu.au/complex-systems/> and the Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science<http://sydney.edu.au/foundations_of_science/> the University of Sydney

<https://nsw.greens.org.au/political-education>The emergence and evolution of life is based on physics but is not reducible to physics. Prebiotic chemistry saw the evolution of many organic molecules in complex reaction networks, and the formation of structures such as membranes.

Theory and experiments suggest that from this, self-reproducing molecular systems could arise and evolve.  How and where these proto-organisms emerge cannot be stated in advance, and their emergence will create novel niches enabling further types of proto-organisms to evolve in ways that also cannot be stated in advance.

Thus, the evolving biosphere literally constructs itself and is the most complex system we know in the universe.

Full abstract<http://sydney.edu.au/sydney_ideas/lectures/2017/professor_stuart_kauffman.shtml>


Professor Stuart Kauffman is one of the most distinguished scholars of complexity and the author of several acclaimed books, including The Origins of Order: Self Organization and Selection in Evolution (1993), At Home in the Universe: The Search for Laws of Self-Organization and Complexity (1995), and Humanity in a Creative Universe (2016).

Wednesday 1 March 2017
6 to 7.30pm

Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium
Johns Hopkins Drive
The University of Sydney
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Free event with online registration essential.


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