Cryptographic Nature – Krakauer (2015)

David Krakauer

I consider the many ways in which evolved information-flows are restricted and metabolic resources protected and hidden — the thesis of living phenomena as evolutionary cryptosystems. I present the information theory of secrecy systems and discuss mechanisms acquired by evolved lineages that encrypt sensitive heritable information with random keys. I explore the idea that complexity science is a cryptographic discipline as “frozen accidents”, or various forms of regularized randomness, historically encrypt adaptive dynamics.

Subjects:Populations and Evolution (q-bio.PE)
Cite as:arXiv:1505.01744 [q-bio.PE]
 (or arXiv:1505.01744v1 [q-bio.PE] for this version)

Submission history

From: David Krakauer [view email
[v1] Thu, 7 May 2015 15:27:25 UTC (15 KB)


[1505.01744v1] Cryptographic Nature