A series of essays introducing my current book-in-progress, Darwin, Dada, Dalí, Duke, & Devadevàya; or 5D for short.
This page will undergo constant updates. The current order, titles, and summarized content only lay out on rough overview of the next few essays.
Both academic publishing and the book industry have severe drawbacks. For 5D, I will publish essays laying out the basic ideas here and in social media. The full treatment will appear in the finished book.
Biologists & Public Policy
I argue that all progress is evolution, and it conforms to certain patterns of organic evolution. This insight creates a opportunities for biologists in many new areas, including public policy.
Ecology & Evolution
All living things make decisions, which generally conform to economic principles. Biologists play a critical role in explaining the predictive power of economics over both human and non-human strategies.
Astronomical Numbers, Biological Numbers
Astronomical numbers are unimaginably huge, but biological numbers are larger by a factor of over a quintrillion. The real difference between biology and physics, however, is that biology constantly produces things that unprecedented in the universe. And biological numbers are critical for understanding the process.
Infinite Primates Problem
The universe does not contain sufficient matter and energy to create the primates necessary to randomly type out the complete works of Shakespeare. Random production of the human genome would require numbers unimaginably larger than those needed to type out Shakespeare.
So exactly how were Shakespeare and the human genome produced?
The Too-Large Matrix
Even larger problems.
Between a Rock and a Soft Space
Hard vs Soft Sciences
Knowledge vs Uncertainty
As progress accelerates, the past becomes less and less useful for predicting the future.
The Last Science
Will biology be the last science?
Darwin, Dawkins, & Daydreams
Genes, Memes, Oneremes.
Check back for periodic updates.