[Humanist] 28.418 biological metaphors?
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willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
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Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 28, No. 418.
Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 07:51:57 +0100
From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
Subject: biological metaphors
Some time ago biological analogies and metaphors began turning up in
computer science (genetic algorithms et al). In fact this could be said to be
something von Neumann started in the late 1940s along with so much else.
Apart from borrowings of these from computer science, have such
metaphors and analogies been cropping up in digital humanities? Biology
seems now to be the dominant science, so I expect we would be affected.
Have we been? Are we?
Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), Professor, Department of Digital
Humanities, King's College London, and Digital Humanities Research
Group, University of Western Sydney
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