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Semovi - Nathan - Beslon - Loeve

SeMoVi Seminar, May 3 2017

Location : Grande salle du CBP (LR6 C 023), ENS de Lyon, Site Monod

 

14.00 - 15.00

 

Marco Nathan 

University of Denver

 

Emergence in Complex Biological Systems

 

15.00 - 15.30

Coffee break

 

15.30 - 16.00

 

Guillaume Beslon

INSA/INRIA

 

      Emergence from a Modelling Perspective. Can a model be emergent? Can it help biology?

16.00 - 16.30

 

 

Sacha Loeve

Lyon 3

 

 

Emergence from a Philosophy of Technology Perspective. The Case of Synthetic Biology

16.30 - 17.00 

General discussion

 

 

 

Emergence in Complex Biological Systems

 

Marco Nathan 

 

The core intuition underlying the concept of emergence is that, as systems become increasingly complex, they display properties which transcend the properties of their constituent parts and exhibit behavior that cannot be predicted or explained on the basis of laws that govern simpler systems. The main task of a philosophical analysis of emergence is to spell out in what ways, if any, emergents transcend the properties of their constituents and how one should understand the theses that their behavior is unpredictable, unexplainable, or irreducible. I provide an account according to which what makes a property ‘emergent’ is neither the irreducibility nor the inexplicability of its structure or capacities. An emergent property, I suggest, is a black-boxed explanans: an entity or process that accounts for important features at the higher level, but can be assumed without further micro-explanation. I develop my proposal by discussing examples from systems biology and suggest that the present framework brings together various aspects of extant accounts of emergence. 

 
 

 

 

Emergence from a Modelling Perspective. Can a model be emergent? Can it help biology?

 

Guillaume Beslon

 

 

 

Emergence from a Philosophy of Technology Perspective. The Case of Synthetic Biology

 

Sacha Loeve

 
 
 
 
 

You can find the poster here.