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Holistic Darwinism Synergy, Cybernetics, and the Bioeconomics of Evolution

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ISBN-10: 0226116166

ISBN-13: 9780226116167

Edition: 2005

Authors: Peter A. Corning

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In recent years, evolutionary theorists have come to recognize that the reductionist, individualist, gene-centered approach to evolution cannot sufficiently account for the emergence of complex biological systems over time. Peter A. Corning has been at the forefront of a new generation of complexity theorists who have been working to reshape the foundations of evolutionary theory. Well known for his Synergism Hypothesis--a theory of complexity in evolution that assigns a key causal role to various forms of functional synergy--Corning puts this theory into a much broader framework in "Holistic Darwinism, addressing many of the issues and concepts associated with the evolution of complex…    
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Book details

List price: $41.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 12/15/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 504
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

Introduction: The New Evolutionary Paradigm
Synergy and Evolution: From the Origins of Life to Global Governance
Synergy: Another Idea Whose Time Has Come?
Holistic Darwinism: Synergistic Selection and the Evolutionary Process
The Synergism Hypothesis: On the Concept of Synergy and Its Role in the Evolution of Complex Systems
Synergy versus Self-Organization in the Evolution of Complex Systems
The Re-Emergence of Emergence: A Venerable Concept in Search of a Theory
Synergy, Cybernetics, and the Evolution of Politics
Devolution as an Opportunity to Test the Synergism Hypothesis and the Cybernetic Theory of Political Systems
Synergy and the Evolution of Superorganisms: Past, Present, and Future
Bioeconomics and Evolution
Evolutionary Economics: Metaphor or Unifying Paradigm?
Bioeconomics as a Subversive Science
Biological Adaptation in Human Societies: A Basic Needs Approach
From Thermodynamics and Information Theory to Thermoeconomics and Control Information
To Be or Entropy: Thermodynamics, Information, and Life Revisited
Thermoeconomics: Beyond the Second Law
Control Information: The Missing Element in Norbert Wiener's Cybernetic Paradigm?
Evolution and Ethics
Evolutionary Ethics: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?
The Sociobiology of Democracy: Is Authoritarianism in Our Genes?
Fair Shares: A Biological Approach to Social Justice
Acknowledgments
Notes
References