Rasmussen is the flag bearer of Artificial Life and was one of the founders of the AL movement in the 1980s, also organizing the first two international protocell conferences in 2003.
Looks like they may have found something at CERN. It'll be interesting to see what the mainstream press makes of this. It looks like the implications of a discovery could exclude a lot of the currently competing ideas for extending the standard model.
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Large scale quantum affects like these are the final nail in the coffin of determinism. If Roger Penrose and Stuart Kauffman are to be believed, and human consciousness is a result of the collapse of a large scale quantum wave function then free will is also assured. I suspect we are going to find larger and larger scale quantum behaviors. Very exciting stuff!
Physical proximity produced by dispersal continues to shape that dispersal. Whatever drives creatures to spread farther and faster clusters at the front of the dispersal wave. If an adaptation improves dispersal but hurts survival, it matters less than usual, because the pool of potential mates is determined by their ability to cover ground.
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