To facilitate discussion, we are publishing the abstracts of the 24 papers from the Cornell Conference on the Origin of Biological Information here at Uncommon Descent, with cumulative links to previous papers at the bottom of each page.

Here is the Abstract for William F. Basener’s* “Limits of Chaos and Progress in Evolutionary Dynamics”:

There are a number of standard models for the evolutionary process of mutation and selection as a mathematical dynamical system on a fitness space. We apply basic topology and dynamical systems results to prove that every such evolutionary dynamical system with a finite spatial domain is asymptotic to a recurrent orbit; to an observer the system will appear to repeat a known state infinitely often. In a mathematical evolutionary dynamical system driven by increasing fitness, the system will reach a point after which there is not observable increase in fitness.

*Rochester Institute of Technology School of Mathematical Sciences Rochester, NY, 14623, USA

*Note:* All conference papers here.

*See also:* Origin of Biological Information conference: Its goals

*Open Mike:* Origin of Biological Information conference: Origin of life studies flatlined

*Open Mike:* Cornell OBI Conference— Can you answer these conundrums about information?

*Open Mike: *Cornell OBI Conference—Is a new definition of information needed for biology? (Chapter 2)

*Open Mike: *Cornell OBI Conference—New definition of information proposed: Universal Information (Chapter 2)

*Open Mike:* Cornell OBI Conference—Chapter Three, Dembski, Ewert, and Marks on the true cost of a successful search

*Open Mike: * Cornell OBI Conference—Chapter Three on the true cost of a successful search—Conservation of information

Open Mike: Cornell OBI Conference—Chapter Four: Pragmatic Information

Cornell OBI Conference—Chapter Four, Pragmatic information: Conclusion