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Holistic Darwinism Synergy, Cybernetics, and the Bioeconomics of Evolution

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 systems. Corning's paradigm embraces and integrates many related theoretical developments of recent years, from multilevel selection theory to niche construction theory, gene-culture coevolution theory, and theories of self-organization. Offering new approaches to thermodynamics, information theory, and economic analysis, Corning suggests how all of these domains can be brought firmly within what he characterizes as a post-neo-Darwinian evolutionary synthesis.
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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