"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 (1931-2009) was a professor of biology at Schumacher College, Milton Keynes, and the author of Temporal Organization in Cells and Analytical Physiology.
Dr. Goodwin was a member of the Board of Directors of the Sante Fe Institute.