5D: Darwin, Dada, Dalí, Duke, & Devadevàya

A series of essays outlining my current book-in-progress, Darwin, Dada, Dalí, Duke, & Devadevàya; or 5D for short.

Statue of Shiva, Lord of the Dance

Shiva is the Devadevàya, Lord of Lords. And the Lord of the Dance.
And the Lord of Destruction…

This page will is only a tentative outline, and will undergo constant updates.  The current order, titles, and summarized content only lay out a rough overview of the next few essays.

Publishing Problems and OpenSource Publishing

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 A da Vinci-like drawing showing the spiral of a nautilus shell and its relation to the Golden Mean/Golden Spiral.

Progress can be destructive in the short term, a concept that biologists immediately understand.  All progress is evolution, and it conforms to certain patterns of organic evolution. One such biological theory that is of pressing importance today is the ‘bourgeois strategy.’ These insights demonstrate the need for biologists to become active in many new areas, including public policy.

Organic Evolution, Language Evolution

Language evolves along many of the patterns of organic evolution. Which is important because the evolution of language reflects the evolution of our thinking.

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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.

Biological Numbers, Astronomical Numbers

Astronomical numbers are unimaginably huge, but biological numbers are larger by a factor of over a quintillion. The real difference between biology and physics, however, is that biology innovates, it constantly produces things that are unprecedented in the universe.  And biological numbers are critical for understanding that process of innovation.

Infinite Monkeys Typing the Human Genome

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 Struggle for Existence: The Lovely Deathscape

Nature is beautiful until you realize it’s all a lovely deathscape. Suffering and struggle are everywhere, and only the trees die of old age.

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.

And more…

Check back for periodic updates.

Picture of Lord Shiva courtesy of Wikipedia.