Behavioural Metabolution

Egbert, M. D., Barandiaran, X. E., & Di Paolo, E. A. (2012). Behavioral Metabolution: The Adaptive and Evolutionary Potential of Metabolism-Based Chemotaxis. Artificial Life, 18(1), 1–25. doi:10.1162/artl_a_00047

Again, the result of another fascinating collaboration with Matthew Egbert and Ezequiel Di Paolo: what would happen if early protocells had some capacity to move? We hypothesize that early metabolic evolution might have been bootstrapped throw behaviour generating a phenomenon we have called behavioural metabolution: the push-me pull-you positive feedback effect between behavioural selection of chemical environments and the evolution of metabolic networks that in turn influence behaviour that in turn selects chemical environments. Much more on the paper, download and read it!

Systematicity of thought and systemicity of habits

I just got back from the workshop “Systematicity and the post-connectionist era“, where I presented a talk entitled “From systematicity of thought to systemicity of habits“. Congratulations to the organizers for this extraordinary experience.

My talk started by assuming the real challenge of systematicity for dynamical approaches. The work of René Thom and Jean Petitot on morphodynamics and cognitive grammars serves as a powerful framework to solve this problem. In the second part of the talk I defend a contemporary re-appraisal of the notion of habit within the Piagetian framework, with illustrations from evolutionary robotics. You can download the pdf of the slides bellow:

The adjustment-deployment dilemma in organism’s behaviour

Aguilera, M., Bedia, M.G, Barandiaran, X.E. & Serón, F. (2011) The adjustment-deployment dilemma in organism’s behaviour: theoretical characterization and a model. Proceedings of the IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence 2011, Accepted

    New paper in collaboration with Miguel Aguilera and Manuel Bedia (almost all credit should go to them), we shaped a problem of temporality of action that we named the adjustment-deployment dilemma which has received no formal treatment till now: how much time should I invest adjusting or improving an action and how much deploying or executing it?