Have you ever wondered why some naturally occurring systems act in unexpected ways, flocking & swarming to produce large-scale behaviours that are not predictable from the sum of their parts?
Does primitive life arise at the edge of chaos?
Are minds emergent properties of complex neural systems?
Where does “instinctive reaction” give way to “conscious thought”?
how do small changes in genomes accumulate down the generations to define the intricate forms of plants & animals?
how do predators evolve to hunt in packs and prey evolves to hide in herds?
ALife meets A.I.
at what point do minds need to stop reacting and start planning?