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Universal Evolution and Development Studies (UEDS)
Some Conceptual Keywords

Part of ASF's mission is to seek to better understand accelerating technological and human cultural change from a universal perspective. One strategy we are engaged in is to seek to improve Universal Evolution and Development Studies (UEDS), which are hypotheses and critique of the extent and degree to which our universe may participate in both creative evolutionary process and in predictable, multi-locally complexity emergence that is to some degree analogous to organic biological development.

UEDS thus explores the possibility that our universe is engaged in what Teilhard de Chardin called "Cosmic Embryogenesis," engaged in both the unpredictable exploration of evolutionary possibility (variability, novelty, information production), and the predictable conservation of developmental purpose (replication, stage progression, and information preservation). For more, on a variety of hypotheses and models in this interesting and still quite speculative domain of inquiry, see ASF's affiliated scholarly research community, Evo Devo Universe.

A few conceptual keywords relevant to this topic:

Accelerating change, Algorithmic efficiency/performance, Anthropic physics, Anthropic principle, Artificial intelligence, Astrobiology, Astronomy, Asymptotic domains of physics, Autonomy theory,
Binding energy, Biogenesis, Biologically-inspired computing, Black hole theory,
Cellular automata, Co-evolution, Complexity studies, Computation, Computational autonomy, Computational closure, Computational substrates, Convergent evolution, Conversational interface, Cosmological natural selection hypothesis, Cosmology, Cybernetics,
Democracy, Developmental singularity hypothesis, Developmental spiral, Development studies, Disposable soma theory, Doomsday hypothesis (Carter),
Ecology, Energetics, Entropy, Ergodic theory, Etherealization, Evolution, Evolutionary biology, Evolutionary computation, Evolutionary development, Evolutionary ethics, Evolutionary psychology, Evolvable hardware, Evolvability, Exponential growth,
Finite-time singularities, Forecasting methodology, Free energy rate density,
Gaia hypothesis, Game theory, Generic/General systems theory,
Hyperbolic (asymptotic) growth, Hardware encoding, Hierarchy theory, History of science/technology,
Information theory, Informetrics, Immunity, Incompleteness (Godel), Inner space, Intelligence, Intelligent 'design', Interdependence,
Logistic growth ("S" curves),
Machine learning, Mathematical and physical singularities, Meta-laws, Moore's law, M-theory, Multi-fold trends, Multiverse theory,
Nanocomputation, Nanoscience, Natural language processing, Network theory, Neural nets, Non-zero sum games,
Operations research,
Personality capture, Philosophy of biology, Philosophy of chemistry, Philosophy of consciousness, Philosophy of identity, Philosophy of science, Philsophy of technology, Population growth, Prediction studies,
Qualia, Quantum theory, Quintessence,
Reconfigurable computation,
Science and technology studies, Space, Time, Energy, and Matter (STEM) efficiency/density/compression, Selfish biocosm hypothesis, Self-replicating systems (autopoesis), Self-organization, SETI, Simulations, Singularity studies, Singularity theory, String theory, Sustainability, Systems theory,
Takeback legisation, Technological assessment, Technological determinism, Technological forecasting, Technology roadmapping, Teilhard studies, Teleology, Thermodynamics (open systems), Transcension hypothesis, Transhumanism, Transparency,
Unintended consequences, Universe theory,
Virtualization, Virtual worlds, Voluntary simplicity

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