Oblique Strategies for Artificial Life

  • Simon HickinbothamEmail author
Part of the Emergence, Complexity and Computation book series (ECC, volume 35)


This paper applies Eno and Schmidt’s Oblique Strategies to the research paradigm of fostering major evolutionary transition in Artificial Life. The Oblique Strategies are a creative technique for moving projects forward. Each strategy offers a non-specific way of forming a new perspective on a project. The practitioner can try as many strategies as needed until a new way forward is found. Eight randomly-selected strategies were applied to the problem. Each Strategy was considered for sufficient time to either sketch out a new research direction or to reject the strategy as inappropriate. Five of the Eight strategies provoked suggestions for research avenues. We describe these new ideas, and reflect upon the use of creative methodologies in science.


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  1. 1.YCCSA, University of YorkYorkUK

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