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Remote Ready Biology Learning Activities

Remote Ready Biology Learning Activities has 50 remote-ready activities, which work for either your classroom or remote teaching.

Emergence and Contingency/Purpose/Agency:
An Exploration of an Intersection Between
History and Biology/Neurobiology


1)      Waldrop, M.W. (1992) Complexity: The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos.  Simon and Schuster. 

2)      Johnson. S. (2001) Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software. Scribner.

3)      Buchanan, M.  Nexus: Small Worlds and the Groundbreaking Theory of Networks.  W.W. Norton.




7)      Grobstein, P. (1994)  "Variability in brain function and behavior" IN: The Encyclopedia of Human Behavior, Volume 4, (V.S. Ramachandran, editor), Academic Press, pp 447-458,

8)      Grobstein, P. (2003) "Getting it less wrong, the brain's way: science,pragmatism, and multiplism", IN   Interpretation and Its Objects: Studies in the Philosophy of Michael Krausz (A. Ritvoi, editor), Rodopi, in press,

Submitted as a Mellon New Directions Fellowship Program Application, 9/2003

Tim Burke, Department of History, Swarthmore College,


Paul Grobstein, Department of Biology, Bryn Mawr College



Project and Significance

Outcomes and Timetable

Personal Statements

Materials Cited

Book List

Pilot Observational Projects

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