Robert K. Logan

Robert K. Logan

Department of Physics; University of Toronto

Logan has worked as professor of physics at the University of Toronto since 1967. He worked in elementary particle physics from 1965 to 1982. In 1974 he began a collaboration with Marshall McLuhan that lasted until McLuhan’s passing in 1980 after which he devoted himself to research in media ecology, communications studies, complexity theory, information theory, biology, environmental science, linguistics, and industrial design.

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Robert K. Logan received his B.S. and Ph.D. in Physics in 1961 and 1965 from MIT. He was a post-doc at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana from 1965 to 1967. He has been with the Department of Physics, University of Toronto ever since 1967 and is now an emeritus professor there still teaching his course The Poetry of Physics. He has published over 100 academic papers and 12 books.

He also teaches the Think Tank course at OCAD University (Ontario College of Art and Design), where he is the Chief Scientist of the Strategic Innovation Lab. He is a Fellow at University of St. Michael’s College, Sr. Fellow Origins Institute, McMaster U. and Sr. Fellow Institute of Biocomplexity and Informatics, U. of Calgary. He was the recipient in 2011 of the Walter J. Ong Award for Career Achievement in Scholarship and in 2000 of the Susan K. Langer Prize for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Symbolic Form for his book The Sixth Language both presented by the Media Ecology Association. He was nominated as one of the top 30 lecturers in Ontario by TVOntario in 2005. He is a member of the Pugwash Movement, an organization devoted to nuclear disarmament and the recipient of the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize.

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"Darwin’s notion of evolution applies not only to biology but also to the evolution of language, culture, economics, governance, technology and science and therefore in a certain sense is epigenetic. While I believe that epigenetics is absolutely essential for understanding biological evolution I also believe that neo-Darwinism still has value and explains many things. As a former quantum physicist I have no problem simultaneously supporting the second way and the third way."

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