This conference will gather speakers from two different intellectual worlds: “hard” and “soft” sciences, i.e. biological sciences, humanities and social sciences. Speakers will make a concerted effort to escape from their usual jargon and harmonise their semantics to avoid misunderstandings. This will enable the interdisciplinary exchange often sought but rarely achieved.
The conference will aim to achieve the following:
a) A summary of the success of using a Darwinist approach within different disciplines
b) Highlight insights from other disciplines in understanding biological evolution
c) Explore the potential for developing hybrid domains
To reach such aims round table discussions will be facilitated by selected moderators. The conference will be organised around the following four basic Darwinian principles:
- Variation and diversity (variations among individuals are the driver of evolution);
- Abundance (more offspring (progeny) are produced than would reach adulthood);
- Selection (the one best adapted to his environment has more chance of survival);
- Reproduction and transfer (organisms reproduce and pass on beneficial traits (inheritance).