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  • Popplestone, Ann
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      Subject: 2/22/2005 Daily Report from The Chronicle of Higher Education

      ACADEME TODAY: The Chronicle of Higher Education's
      Daily Report for subscribers
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      Good day!

      Here are news bulletins from The Chronicle of Higher Education
      for Tuesday, February 22.

      * [snip]

      * D-Q UNIVERSITY, the only tribal college in California, has
      closed after being stripped of its accreditation amid a
      financial crisis.
      --> SEE http://chronicle.com/daily/2005/02/2005022204n.htm

      [snip]

      WHO OWNS ISLAMIC LAW? Some liberal scholars of Islam want to
      open the explication of the religion's sacred texts to all, but
      others insist the path to democracy in the Arab world lies
      elsewhere.
      --> SEE http://chronicle.com/weekly/v51/i25/25a01401.htm

      [snip]


      MAGAZINES & JOURNALS

      A glance at the February issue of "Discover":
      Evolution in a digital world

      A group of scientists at Michigan State University is studying
      evolution without looking at a single fossil or biological
      specimen. Their research subjects are all computer-generated,
      says Carl Zimmer, a freelance writer.

      A software program called Avida lets researchers create and
      track generations of organisms "made up of digital bits that can
      mutate in much the same way DNA mutates," he says. Because the
      faux organisms reproduce so much faster than organic creatures,
      he says, researchers can easily study long-term evolutionary
      changes.

      "Avida makes it possible to watch the random mutation and
      natural selection of digital organisms unfold over millions of
      generations," he writes. "In the process, it is beginning to
      shed light on some of the biggest questions of evolution." Those
      questions include: How do complex systems evolve? Why do some
      environments produce many species while others produce only one?
      And what characteristics might we find in life on other planets?

      Mr. Zimmer quotes Robert Pennock, an associate professor of
      philosophy at the university and a member of the Avida team, who
      says their digital creatures go through all the essential parts
      of the Darwinian process and are getting closer all the time to
      fulfilling the biological definition of life.

      "Avida is not a simulation of evolution," says Mr. Pennock. "It
      is an instance of it."

      The article, "Testing Darwin," is on the author's Web site at
      http://www.carlzimmer.com/articles/2005/articles_2005_Avida.html

      Information about the magazine is available at
      http://www.discover.com

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    • anthropmor@AOL.COM
      This avida digital evolution article is pretty entertaining - and a logical outgrowth of so many trends. Mike Pavlik [Non-text portions of this message have
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        This avida digital evolution article is pretty entertaining - and a logical
        outgrowth of so many trends.
        Mike Pavlik


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