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March 17, 2009

The Legacy of Darwin

February 12 marked the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth. In an article in the Columbus Dispatch, several research scientists are profiled whose work carries on the tenets originally put forth by Darwin. One of them is John Holland, professor of psychology, electrical engineering, and computer science at the University of Michigan. Holland was among the first researchers to write computer programs that use genetic algorithms to mimic evolution. His current research is in the area of linguistics. According to Holland, "I'm working with linguists on the origin and evolution of language. Older linguists think language is wired in. The new group believes language is adaptive and very social."

See the Columbus Dispatch online for the complete article.

Posted by BlogAuthor1 at March 17, 2009 3:36 PM
category: Evolutionary Computation

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