Predictability and the Unpredictable. Life, Evolution and Behaviour

N. 10
Predictability and the Unpredictable. Life, Evolution and Behaviour, edited by David Ceccarelli and Giulia Frezza
Roma, CNR Edizioni, 2018
978 88 8080 313 3

Indice

Introduction. The Culture of Predictability and the Nature of the Unpredictable: Life Sciences at the Crossroad
DAVID CECCARELLI - GIULIA FREZZA
 
I - Scales of Stochasticity Between Physical and Life Sciences
From Predictability to the Theories of Change
IGNAZIO LICATA
 
Determinism and Stochasticity in Mathematical Modelling for Cell Migration
LUIGI PREZIOSI
 
On the Nature of Natural Selection
FABIO STERPETTI
 
Predicting the Genetic Loci of Past Evolution
VIRGINIE COURTIER-ORGOGOZO – ARNAUD MARTIN
 
Contingency, Laws and Random Events: Epistemic Specificities of the Neutral Theory in Ecology
PHILIPPE HUNEMAN
 
II - Predictability from Biology to Neuroscience and Biomedicine: Are They So Predictable After All?
 
Uncompromising Empiricism Once Again: Big Data and the Case of Numerical Taxonomy 
BARBARA CONTINENZA
 
Big Data and Biological Knowledge
MAËL MONTÉVIL – GIUSEPPE LONGO
 
Epigenetics and Development in Cognitive Functions: Literacy as a Case-Study
CARMELA MORABITO
 
“Decline” vs. “Plasticity”: Conflicting Narratives in the Dementia Tsunami
GIULIA FREZZA
 
III - The Evolutionary Unpredictability: Past and Future
 
 
Orthogenetic Predictability: Orderliness and Symmetry in Early Macroevolutionary Explanations
DAVID CECCARELLI
 
Synthesis and Behaviour: a New Role for Selection
SARA CAMPANELLA
 
Seinesgleichen geschieht: Contemporary Challenges to Evolutionary Contingency
SILVIA CAIANIELLO
 
 
Interspecific Cultural Convergences (ICC) and Interspecific Cultural Studies (ICS): From the Only Human Towards a Comparative History of Animal Uses and Traditions
MARCO CELENTANO
 
On the Contingency of What Matters: Predictability and Evolutionary Ethics 
ELEONORA SEVERINI 
 
Estimations, Plans, Narratives: How non-Human Animals Deal with the Future and “Possible Worlds”
DARIO MARTINELLI
 
 
Introduction. The Culture of Predictability and the Nature of the Unpredictable: Life Sciences at the Crossroad
David Ceccarelli - Giulia Frezza
 
I - Scales of Stochasticity Between Physical and Life Sciences
From Predictability to the Theories of Change
IGNAZIO LICATA
 
Determinism and Stochasticity in Mathematical Modelling for Cell Migration
LUIGI PREZIOSI
 
On the Nature of Natural Selection
FABIO STERPETTI
 
Predicting the Genetic Loci of Past Evolution
VIRGINIE COURTIER-ORGOGOZO – ARNAUD MARTIN
 
Contingency, Laws and Random Events: Epistemic Specificities of the Neutral Theory in Ecology
PHILIPPE HUNEMAN
 
II - Predictability from Biology to Neuroscience and Biomedicine: Are They So Predictable After All?
 
Uncompromising Empiricism Once Again: Big Data and the Case of Numerical Taxonomy 
BARBARA CONTINENZA
 
Big Data and Biological Knowledge
MAËL MONTÉVIL – GIUSEPPE LONGO
 
Epigenetics and Development in Cognitive Functions: Literacy as a Case-Study
CARMELA MORABITO
 
“Decline” vs. “Plasticity”: Conflicting Narratives in the Dementia Tsunami
GIULIA FREZZA
 
III - The Evolutionary Unpredictability: Past and Future
 
 
Orthogenetic Predictability: Orderliness and Symmetry in Early Macroevolutionary Explanations
DAVID CECCARELLI
 
Synthesis and Behaviour: a New Role for Selection
SARA CAMPANELLA
 
Seinesgleichen geschieht: Contemporary Challenges to Evolutionary Contingency
SILVIA CAIANIELLO
 
 
Interspecific Cultural Convergences (ICC) and Interspecific Cultural Studies (ICS): From the Only Human Towards a Comparative History of Animal Uses and Traditions
MARCO CELENTANO
 
On the Contingency of What Matters: Predictability and Evolutionary Ethics 
ELEONORA SEVERINI 
 
Estimations, Plans, Narratives: How non-Human Animals Deal with the Future and “Possible Worlds”
DARIO MARTINELLI
 
Introduction. The Culture of Predictability and the Nature of the Unpredictable: Life Sciences at the Crossroad
David Ceccarelli - Giulia Frezza
 
I - Scales of Stochasticity Between Physical and Life Sciences
From Predictability to the Theories of Change
IGNAZIO LICATA
 
Determinism and Stochasticity in Mathematical Modelling for Cell Migration
LUIGI PREZIOSI
 
On the Nature of Natural Selection
FABIO STERPETTI
 
Predicting the Genetic Loci of Past Evolution
VIRGINIE COURTIER-ORGOGOZO – ARNAUD MARTIN
 
Contingency, Laws and Random Events: Epistemic Specificities of the Neutral Theory in Ecology
PHILIPPE HUNEMAN
 
II - Predictability from Biology to Neuroscience and Biomedicine: Are They So Predictable After All?
 
Uncompromising Empiricism Once Again: Big Data and the Case of Numerical Taxonomy 
BARBARA CONTINENZA
 
Big Data and Biological Knowledge
MAËL MONTÉVIL – GIUSEPPE LONGO
 
Epigenetics and Development in Cognitive Functions: Literacy as a Case-Study
CARMELA MORABITO
 
“Decline” vs. “Plasticity”: Conflicting Narratives in the Dementia Tsunami
GIULIA FREZZA
 
III - The Evolutionary Unpredictability: Past and Future
 
 
Orthogenetic Predictability: Orderliness and Symmetry in Early Macroevolutionary Explanations
DAVID CECCARELLI
 
Synthesis and Behaviour: a New Role for Selection
SARA CAMPANELLA
 
Seinesgleichen geschieht: Contemporary Challenges to Evolutionary Contingency
SILVIA CAIANIELLO
 
 
Interspecific Cultural Convergences (ICC) and Interspecific Cultural Studies (ICS): From the Only Human Towards a Comparative History of Animal Uses and Traditions
MARCO CELENTANO
 
On the Contingency of What Matters: Predictability and Evolutionary Ethics 
ELEONORA SEVERINI 
 
Estimations, Plans, Narratives: How non-Human Animals Deal with the Future and “Possible Worlds”
DARIO MARTINELLI
 
 
. The Culture of Predictability and the Nature of the Unpredictable: Life Sciences at the Crossroad
David Ceccarelli - Giulia Frezza
 
I - Scales of Stochasticity Between Physical and Life Sciences
From Predictability to the Theories of Change
IGNAZIO LICATA
 
Determinism and Stochasticity in Mathematical Modelling for Cell Migration
LUIGI PREZIOSI
 
On the Nature of Natural Selection
FABIO STERPETTI
 
Predicting the Genetic Loci of Past Evolution
VIRGINIE COURTIER-ORGOGOZO – ARNAUD MARTIN
 
Contingency, Laws and Random Events: Epistemic Specificities of the Neutral Theory in Ecology
PHILIPPE HUNEMAN
 
II - Predictability from Biology to Neuroscience and Biomedicine: Are They So Predictable After All?
 
Uncompromising Empiricism Once Again: Big Data and the Case of Numerical Taxonomy 
BARBARA CONTINENZA
 
Big Data and Biological Knowledge
MAËL MONTÉVIL – GIUSEPPE LONGO
 
Epigenetics and Development in Cognitive Functions: Literacy as a Case-Study
CARMELA MORABITO
 
“Decline” vs. “Plasticity”: Conflicting Narratives in the Dementia Tsunami
GIULIA FREZZA
 
III - The Evolutionary Unpredictability: Past and Future
 
 
Orthogenetic Predictability: Orderliness and Symmetry in Early Macroevolutionary Explanations
DAVID CECCARELLI
 
Synthesis and Behaviour: a New Role for Selection
SARA CAMPANELLA
 
Seinesgleichen geschieht: Contemporary Challenges to Evolutionary Contingency
SILVIA CAIANIELLO
 
 
Interspecific Cultural Convergences (ICC) and Interspecific Cultural Studies (ICS): From the Only Human Towards a Comparative History of Animal Uses and Traditions
MARCO CELENTANO
 
On the Contingency of What Matters: Predictability and Evolutionary Ethics 
ELEONORA SEVERINI 
 
Estimations, Plans, Narratives: How non-Human Animals Deal with the Future and “Possible Worlds”
DARIO MARTINELLI
 
 
Introduction. The Culture of Predictability and the Nature of the Unpredictable: Life Sciences at the Crossroad
David Ceccarelli - Giulia Frezza
 
I - Scales of Stochasticity Between Physical and Life Sciences
From Predictability to the Theories of Change
IGNAZIO LICATA
 
Determinism and Stochasticity in Mathematical Modelling for Cell Migration
LUIGI PREZIOSI
 
On the Nature of Natural Selection
FABIO STERPETTI
 
Predicting the Genetic Loci of Past Evolution
VIRGINIE COURTIER-ORGOGOZO – ARNAUD MARTIN
 
Contingency, Laws and Random Events: Epistemic Specificities of the Neutral Theory in Ecology
PHILIPPE HUNEMAN
 
II - Predictability from Biology to Neuroscience and Biomedicine: Are They So Predictable After All?
 
Uncompromising Empiricism Once Again: Big Data and the Case of Numerical Taxonomy 
BARBARA CONTINENZA
 
Big Data and Biological Knowledge
MAËL MONTÉVIL – GIUSEPPE LONGO
 
Epigenetics and Development in Cognitive Functions: Literacy as a Case-Study
CARMELA MORABITO
 
“Decline” vs. “Plasticity”: Conflicting Narratives in the Dementia Tsunami
GIULIA FREZZA
 
III - The Evolutionary Unpredictability: Past and Future
 
 
Orthogenetic Predictability: Orderliness and Symmetry in Early Macroevolutionary Explanations
DAVID CECCARELLI
 
Synthesis and Behaviour: a New Role for Selection
SARA CAMPANELLA
 
Seinesgleichen geschieht: Contemporary Challenges to Evolutionary Contingency
SILVIA CAIANIELLO
 
 
Interspecific Cultural Convergences (ICC) and Interspecific Cultural Studies (ICS): From the Only Human Towards a Comparative History of Animal Uses and Traditions
MARCO CELENTANO
 
On the Contingency of What Matters: Predictability and Evolutionary Ethics 
ELEONORA SEVERINI 
 
Estimations, Plans, Narratives: How non-Human Animals Deal with the Future and “Possible Worlds”
DARIO MARTINELLI
 
Introduction. The Culture of Predictability and the Nature of the Unpredictable: Life Sciences at the Crossroad
David Ceccarelli - Giulia Frezza
 
I - Scales of Stochasticity Between Physical and Life Sciences
From Predictability to the Theories of Change
IGNAZIO LICATA
 
Determinism and Stochasticity in Mathematical Modelling for Cell Migration
LUIGI PREZIOSI
 
On the Nature of Natural Selection
FABIO STERPETTI
 
Predicting the Genetic Loci of Past Evolution
VIRGINIE COURTIER-ORGOGOZO – ARNAUD MARTIN
 
Contingency, Laws and Random Events: Epistemic Specificities of the Neutral Theory in Ecology
PHILIPPE HUNEMAN
 
II - Predictability from Biology to Neuroscience and Biomedicine: Are They So Predictable After All?
 
Uncompromising Empiricism Once Again: Big Data and the Case of Numerical Taxonomy 
BARBARA CONTINENZA
 
Big Data and Biological Knowledge
MAËL MONTÉVIL – GIUSEPPE LONGO
 
Epigenetics and Development in Cognitive Functions: Literacy as a Case-Study
CARMELA MORABITO
 
“Decline” vs. “Plasticity”: Conflicting Narratives in the Dementia Tsunami
GIULIA FREZZA
 
III - The Evolutionary Unpredictability: Past and Future
 
 
Orthogenetic Predictability: Orderliness and Symmetry in Early Macroevolutionary Explanations
DAVID CECCARELLI
 
Synthesis and Behaviour: a New Role for Selection
SARA CAMPANELLA
 
Seinesgleichen geschieht: Contemporary Challenges to Evolutionary Contingency
SILVIA CAIANIELLO
 
 
Interspecific Cultural Convergences (ICC) and Interspecific Cultural Studies (ICS): From the Only Human Towards a Comparative History of Animal Uses and Traditions
MARCO CELENTANO
 
On the Contingency of What Matters: Predictability and Evolutionary Ethics 
ELEONORA SEVERINI 
 
Estimations, Plans, Narratives: How non-Human Animals Deal with the Future and “Possible Worlds”
DARIO MARTINELLI
 
 

Abstract

The volume gathers contributions by scientists as well as historians and philosophers of science about the subject of predictability in bioscience. A cornerstone of Western science, predictability has emancipated, along the XX Century, from the deterministic framing. Biosciences played a crucial role in this process, but they also spurred the inquiry into the nature of the unpredictable, fostering the development of new epistemic approaches to complexity. The new computational tools and the exponential growth of information in the current Big Data era are reassessing the claims of predictability in the analysis of large complex systems, such as those underlying living beings, their behavior and evolution.  The book offers a critical review aimed at outlining not only the new frontiers of predictability, but especially the new configurations that the unpredictable is assuming in these research fields.