Nature's Magic: Synergy in Evolution and the Fate of Humankind

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2003-05
版次: 1
ISBN: 9780521825474
定价: 526.80
装帧: 精装
开本: 16开
纸张: 胶版纸
页数: 464页
正文语种: 英语
  • Nature'sMagicpresentsaboldnewvisionoftheevolutionaryprocessfromtheBigBangtothe21stcentury.Synergyofvariouskindsisnotonlyaubiquitousaspectofthenaturalworldbutithasalsobeenawellspringofcreativityandthe'driver'ofthebroadevolutionarytrendtowardincreasedcomplexity,innatureandhumansocietiesalike.Butincontrastwiththemanytheoriesofemergenceorcomplexitythatrelyonsomeunderlyingforceor'law',the'SynergismHypothesis',asPeterCorningcallsit,isinessenceaneconomictheoryofbiologicalcomplexity;itisfullyconsistentwithmainstreamevolutionarybiology.CorningreferstoitasHolisticDarwinism.Amongthemanyimportantinsightsthatareprovidedbythisnewparadigm,Corningpresentsascenarioinwhichthehumanspeciesinventeditself;synergistic,behavioralandtechnologicalinnovationswerethe'pacemakers'ofourbiologicalevolution.Synergyhasalsobeenthekeytotheevolutionofcomplexmodernsocieties,heconcludes.Thefinalchapteraddressesourcurrentchallengesandfutureprospects. PeterCorningistheDirectoroftheInstitutefortheStudyofComplexSystems,PaloAlto,California.
  • 内容简介:
    Nature'sMagicpresentsaboldnewvisionoftheevolutionaryprocessfromtheBigBangtothe21stcentury.Synergyofvariouskindsisnotonlyaubiquitousaspectofthenaturalworldbutithasalsobeenawellspringofcreativityandthe'driver'ofthebroadevolutionarytrendtowardincreasedcomplexity,innatureandhumansocietiesalike.Butincontrastwiththemanytheoriesofemergenceorcomplexitythatrelyonsomeunderlyingforceor'law',the'SynergismHypothesis',asPeterCorningcallsit,isinessenceaneconomictheoryofbiologicalcomplexity;itisfullyconsistentwithmainstreamevolutionarybiology.CorningreferstoitasHolisticDarwinism.Amongthemanyimportantinsightsthatareprovidedbythisnewparadigm,Corningpresentsascenarioinwhichthehumanspeciesinventeditself;synergistic,behavioralandtechnologicalinnovationswerethe'pacemakers'ofourbiologicalevolution.Synergyhasalsobeenthekeytotheevolutionofcomplexmodernsocieties,heconcludes.Thefinalchapteraddressesourcurrentchallengesandfutureprospects.
  • 作者简介:
    PeterCorningistheDirectoroftheInstitutefortheStudyofComplexSystems,PaloAlto,California.
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