Special Issue "Evolution and Biology of Intelligence"

A special issue of Life (ISSN 2075-1729). This special issue belongs to the section "Origin of Life".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 September 2023 | Viewed by 98

Special Issue Editor

1. Past Chairperson, Science Advisory Board, Cures Within Reach, Chicago, IL 60602, USA
2. Faculty, Frontier Development Lab and Affiliate, Network for Life Detection (NfoLD) and Member, GeneLab Multi-Omics and Systems Biology Analysis Working Group, SETI Institute and NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA
3. Member, Councils for Biometrics and Nanotechnology and Initiatives for Brain, Life Sciences, and Quantum, Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, New York, NY 10016-5997, USA
Interests: neurotechnology; nanotechnology and microtechnology; aneural plasticity; biomolecular logics and memory systems; synaptic plasticity and metaplasticity; perception; cognition; communication; learning and memory; intercellular and intracellular signalling; cellular response regulation; cellular energetics; multi-analyte systems; neurobiology; neuropsychiatric diseases, injury, and recovery; pathogens and parasites; therapeutics discovery, design, and repurposing; multi-omics data; multi-modal imaging; neurobehavioral animal models; translational medicine; theragnostic medicine; digital medicine; precision medicine; earth and space medicine; earth and space biology; origins of life; naked replicating agents and protocells; molecular and cellular evolution; social intelligence; animal intelligence; microbial intelligence; cellular decision making; problem solving; artificial intelligence; electronic or artificial life; comparative intelligence; society and culture
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Special Issue “Evolution and Biology of Intelligence” focuses on scientific and philosophical trends in characterizing the traits, emergence, and evolution of intelligence across the spectrum of all biological life on Earth and maybe elsewhere in the universe. The scope of the Special Issue covers the full and often ignored diversity of intelligent life to establish a forum for experts to publish scholarly works on topics devoted to ecoevolutionary phenomena, processes, and substrates of human, (non-human) animal, microorganism, and plant intelligence, as well as other forms of biological intelligence, including technology-augmented intelligence (e.g., modifications caused by synthetic biology, digital prosthetics, therapeutics and adjuvants, etc.), extinct intelligence (e.g., ancient hominins, arthropods, angiosperms, etc.) , and possible extraterrestrial intelligence (e.g., conjectured cellular life of distant ocean worlds and other habitable nonterran environs). Because of continuing advances in our research into and understanding of the nature of intelligence across systematics, topics involving ethics in intelligence research will also be considered to further address changing attitudes, opinions, and beliefs about what it means to be intelligent and how acknowledging the expression of different intelligences reciprocally impacts human culture, science, and technology, in addition to the remaining evolving biosphere of Earth and perhaps beyond.

Submissions involving original basic, translational, and clinical research on intelligence or critical reviews on historical, contemporary, and future research on the topic are particularly welcome, as are manuscripts that may investigate the evolution and biology of intelligence through computational models, such as electronic or artificial life representations, useful in investigation of comparative paradigms of intelligence.

Dr. Kevin B. Clark
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • earth and space biology
  • origins and evolution of life
  • ethology
  • animal and human intelligence
  • plant intelligence
  • microbial intelligence
  • cellular decision making
  • problem solving
  • artificial intelligence
  • electronic or artificial life
  • comparative intelligence
  • aneural and neural plasticity
  • perception
  • cognition
  • learning and memory
  • neurobiology
  • developmental neuroscience
  • phylogeny and ontogeny
  • paleo-omics
  • synthetic biology

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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