[Humanist] 28.418 biological metaphors?

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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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