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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