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Development of the algorithm for life for the search for extraterrestrial life
Author(s): Vera M. Kolb
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Paper Abstract

We first introduce a concept of algorithms in a form which is useful to astrobiology. We follow Dennett’s description of algorithms, which he has used to introduce the idea that evolution takes place via natural selection in an algorithmic process. We then bring up various examples and principles of evolution, including inventive evolution for the biosynthesis of secondary metabolites, and propose them as candidates for constituting evolutionary algorithms. Finally, we discuss philosophy papers of Rescher about extraterrestrials and their science and attempt to extract from them some generalized principles for the search for extraterrestrial life.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 September 2013
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 8865, Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology XVI, 88650B (26 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2021040
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Vera M. Kolb, Univ. of Wisconsin-Parkside (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8865:
Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology XVI
Richard B. Hoover; Gilbert V. Levin; Alexei Yu. Rozanov; Nalin C. Wickramasinghe, Editor(s)

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