A personal narrative of travels through the Genomic Continent
October 8 2007
Venue: Edinburgh University, Seminar Room 1.06, Old Surgeons' Hall, High School Yards
Illustrated by some landmarks from my own travels through genomes, from circles via promises, to asymmetries, I shall explore contrasting conceptualisations of genomes, either as uni-dimensional text or alternatively as activity spaces, in relation to the ways in which genomic knowledge translates into instrumental value or causal explanation. I will argue that the contrasting models are reflections of a basic and inevitable divergence in the modelling of complex systems and I will relate this to the worlds of intellectual property, invention and innovation as well as to the ways in which genomic exploration is driven.