Mark Bedau ’77 is at the forefront of a new scholastic discipline—artificial life—that combines the worlds of philosophy and science. While it may sound like an episode of the X-Files, involving terms such as "lifelike behavior" and "mutating over time," it’s actually one of today's most exciting but controversial academic fields.

Artificial life uses powerful computers to answer fundamental questions about the nature of living things—questions that great thinkers have been posing ever since the time of Aristotle.





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