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thoughtful chapter by Geerat Vermeij on security, unpre-dictability and evolution, with (for me) a useful emphasis

Summary: thoughtful chapter by Geerat Vermeij on security, unpre-
dictability and evolution, with (for me) a useful emphasis
on modularity and redundancy.
Good stuff. But I read Natural Security with one ques-
tion uppermost on my mind: how many truly new security
lessons can be learned from nature? The connections made
between natural and national security are often tenuous,
and recognized as such by the authors. For instance, in the
chapter `The Infectiousness of Terrorist Ideology,' Kevin
Lafferty and his colleagues ask whether `the strengths and
benefits of the infectious agent-terrorist ideology analogy
[are] sufficient to warrant continued pursuit of its utility'
(p. 204). Even though I enjoyed the chapter and was glad it
was included in the book, my answer would probably be
`no.' More direct approaches, such as voter modeling (con-
structing mathematical models of opinion formation),
might well be more fruitful. Equally impressive, and per-
haps more directly useful, was the chapter by Dominic
Johnson and Joshua Madin, `Population Models and Coun-
terinsurgency Strategies.' It focuses on the insurgency


Source: Alonzo, Suzanne H. - Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University


Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology; Biology and Medicine