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Ecologies, Assemblages and Evolution

ISBN: 978-1-60785-271-1

edited by Janneke Adema and Pete Woodbridge


Introduction: Symbiosis as a Living Evolving Critique

Different species, interacting in a symbiotic fashion, living together over a prolonged period of time, eventually co-evolving into new species: this vision of the biological phenomenon of symbiosis has created a strong impression—both of symbiosis as a metaphor and a material reality—of species in an intimate relationship together, cooperating in spite of differences, of becoming something else and transgressing boundaries. This idea has turned the concept of symbiosis, in its many guises and definitions, into a breeding ground for a posthuman, biologically and ecologically informed critique. Less focused on the biological process of symbiosis as such, our focus in Symbiosis: Ecologies, Assemblages and Evolution is more on how symbiosis can be used as a means to argue for an alternative worldview and even a better world.... (more)

Symbiosis and Evolution

Watson, R. A. and Pollack, J. B. 
How Symbiosis Can Guide Evolution
Fabio Lucian and Samuel Alizon 
The Evolutionary Dynamics of a Rapidly Mutating Virus within and between Hosts: The Case of Hepatitis C Virus
Wired Science 
Green Sea Slug Is Part Animal, Part Plant



Jian Xu, Michael A. Mahowald, Ruth E. Ley 
Evolution of Symbiotic Bacteria in the Distal Human Intestine
Jennifer J. Wernegreen 
Endosymbiosis: Lessons in Conflict Resolution


Lynn Margulis 
Symbiogenesis and Symbionticism
Ivan Emmanuel Wallin 
Symbionticism and the origin of species (1927)

Symbiosis and Ecology

Community Ecology

Jos C. Mieog, Jeanine L. Olsen, Ray Berkelmans 
The Roles and Interactions of Symbiont, Host and Environment in Defining Coral Fitness

Biodiversity and complexity

Christina Toft, Tom A. Williams, and Mario A. Fares 
Genome-Wide Functional Divergence after the Symbiosis of Proteobacteria with Insects Unraveled through a Novel Computational Approach


Timothy Morton – Thinking Ecology: The Mesh Part 1
Timothy Morton – 
Thinking Ecology: The Mesh Part 2
Timothy Morton –  
Thinking Ecology: The Mesh Part 3

Life Systems and Gaia Hypothesis

Fritjof Capra 
The Turning Point: Chapter on the Systems View of Life
Stephen B. Scharper 
The Gaia Hypothesis. The world as a living organism
Timothy Morton 
Lynn Margulis, Symbiosis, Ethics Track 30 of Literature and the Environment
Lynn Margulis, Stephen Buhner and John Seed 
Activism, Deep Ecology & the Gaian Era

Media Ecologies

Matthew Fuller 
Media Ecologies

Symbiosis and Posthumanism

Human/Machine Symbiosis

J.C.R. Licklider 
Man-Computer symbiosis
Gerwin Schalk 
Brain-Computer Symbiosis

Symbiotic Intelligence

David E. Moriarty and Risto Miikkulainen 
Forming Neural Networks Through Efficient and Adaptive Coevolution
Norman L. Johnson and S. Rasmussen
Symbiotic Intelligence and the Internet: A Deeper Overview

Human-animal hybrids, chimeras and symbiosis

Anant Bhan, Peter A Singer, and Abdallah S Daar 
Human-animal chimeras for vaccine development: an endangered species or opportunity for the developing world?

Machinic assemblages: Bugs, machines and viruses

Susan Schuppli 
Of Mice Moths and Men Machines
Jussi Parikka 
Digital Monsters, Binary Aliens – Computer Viruses, Capitalism and the Flow of Information

Symbiosis and Augmentation

Justin C. Sanchez, Babak Mahmoudi, Jack DiGiovanna, Jose C. Principe 
Exploiting co-adaptation for the design of symbiotic neuroprosthetic assistants
Mitchell Whitelaw 
Andy Gracie: Symbiotic Circuits
Melinda Rackham 
Carrier becoming symborg
Melinda Rackham and Damien Everett 
Carrier (becoming symborg)
Christian Bök 
The Xenotext Experiment


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