Brian Goodwin

"The 'new' biology is biology in the form of an exact science of complex systems concerned with dynamics and emergent order. Then everything in biology changes. Instead of the metaphors of conflict, competition, selfish genes, climbing peaks in fitness landscapes, what you get is evolution as a dance. It has no goal. As Stephen Jay Gould says, it has no purpose, no progress, no sense of direction. It's a dance through morphospace, the space of the forms of organisms."

The late BRIAN GOODWIN was a professor of biology at the Schumacher College, Milton Keynes, and the author of Temporal Organization in Cells and Analytical Physiology, How The Leopard Changed Its Spots: The Evolution of Complexity; (with Gerry Webster) Form and Transformation: Generative and Relational Principles in Biology; and (with Richard Sole) Signs if Life: How Complexity Pervades Biology.

Dr. Goodwin was a member of the Board of Directors of the Sante Fe Institute.


Further reading on Edge:

A New Science of Qualities

The Third Culture, Chapter 4