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Counting Amoebas

André Gallois

in Occasions of Identity: A Study in the Metaphysics of Persistence, Change, and Sameness

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199261833
eISBN:
9780191698798
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261833.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter discusses the relevance of the so-called amoebas to the occasional identity thesis (OIT). On the view of occasional identity theorists, there are two amoebas at T2 and one at T1. The ... More


Epitaph

Peggy Kamuf

in To Follow: The Wake of Jacques Derrida

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748641543
eISBN:
9780748652136
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641543.003.0070
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The Advanced Multiple Organized Experimental Basin (AMOEBA) is a circular tank, created by Mitsui Engineering at their Akishima laboratory, which is able to form letters with standing waves, and ... More


Digital Evolution and the Emergence of Complexity

John Johnston

in The Allure of Machinic Life: Cybernetics, Artificial Life, and the New AI

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262101264
eISBN:
9780262276351
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262101264.003.0006
Subject:
Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence

This chapter charts the history of artificial life (ALife) after Langton in relation to theories of evolution, emergence, and complex adaptive systems by examining a series of experiments carried out ... More


Order Catastrophically Unknown: Freud

David Wills

in Inanimation: Theories of Inorganic Life

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780816698820
eISBN:
9781452954301
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816698820.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Chapter 2 examines Freud’s persistent hesitation concerning the organicism of psychic life via his recourse to the figure of the pseudopodium, whereby the most elementary life-form, the amoeba, ... More


Parasitic diseases of insects

Miranda M.A. Whitten

in Invertebrate Pathology

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
March 2022
ISBN:
9780198853756
eISBN:
9780191888182
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198853756.003.0013
Subject:
Biology, Disease Ecology / Epidemiology, Animal Biology

Parasites of insects represent an exceptionally diverse group of organisms with equally varied lifecycles and adaptations. This chapter focuses primarily, but not exclusively, on the protozoan, ... More


Brains and nerve cells are not necessary for intelligent behaviour

Anthony Trewavas

in Plant Behaviour and Intelligence

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199539543
eISBN:
9780191788291
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199539543.003.0020
Subject:
Biology, Plant Sciences and Forestry

The notion that brains and nervous systems are necessary for intelligence is dubbed brain chauvinism. Organisms cannot rely alone on simple reflexes in complex environments; there is insufficient ... More


General Conclusions

Thomas N. Sherratt and David M. Wilkinson

in Big Questions in Ecology and Evolution

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780199548606
eISBN:
9780191917769
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199548606.003.0015
Subject:
Environmental Science, Applied Ecology

Brett Dennen is a fine musician, but listening to his lyrics, one might be tempted to think that because we ‘do [or see] it every day’, then it does not deserve an explanation. Our book has dealt ... More


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