The reading group meets on alternate Wednesdays in the fall, 1:00-2:00pm in the 9th floor lounge of the Dreyfoos Tower (Bldg 32, Stata Center, Enter on Vassar St.).
9/11 What do we want from a definition of life?
Luisi, PL (1998) “About Various Definitions of Life.” Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres 28:613-22.
Oliver, JD and RS Perry (2006) “Definitely Life but not Definitively.” Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres 36:515-521.
9/25 Is “definition of life” a well formed question?
Cleland, Carol E., and Chyba, C. (2007). “Does ‘life’ have a definition?” in Sullivan and Baross (eds.), Planets and Life: The Emerging Science of Astrobiology, Ch. 5. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 119-131.
10/9 Entropy and Life
Schroedinger, Irwin. What is Life? (Cambridge, Cambridge, UK: 2012) pp. 67-90.
10/23 Purpose, Function, and Life
Monod, Jaques. Chance and Necessity (Random House, New York, NY: 1971) pp. 3-44.
11/6 Algorithms and Life
Walker, Sara Imari and Paul Davies (2013) “The Algorithmic Origins of Life.” J. Roy. Soc. Interface 6:20120869
11/20 Theology, Science, and Life
Haught, John. Is Nature Enough (Cambridge, Cambridge, UK: 2006) pp. 55-97.
12/4 Naturalism and Life
Nagel, Thomas. Mind and Cosmos (Oxford, Oxford, UK: 2012) pp. 13-34.