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Peter A. Corning

Holistic Darwinism: Synergy, Cybernetics, and the Bioeconomics of Evolution

University of Chicago Press, Dec 15, 2005 - 504 pages - ISBN 0226116166

Publisher's Description: 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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The Synergism Hypothesis: On the Concept of Synergy and It's Role in the Evolution of Complex Systems Download/View: HTML

Holistic Darwinism: "Synergistic Selection" and the Evolutionary Process Download/View: HTML

Devolution as an Opportunity to Test the Synergism Hypothesis and a Cybernetic Theory of Political Systems Download/View: HTML

Synergy, Cybernetics, and the Evolution of Politics Download/View: HTML

Thermoeconomics: Beyond the Second Law Download/View: PDF

The Co-operative Gene: On The Role of Synergy In Evolution Download/View: HTML

Biological Adaptation in Human Societies: A 'Basic Needs' Approach Download/View: PDF

Synergy and Self-organization in the Evolution of Complex Systems Download/View: PDF

Fair Shares: Beyond Capitalism and Socialism (A Biological Approach to Social Justice) Download/View: PDF

The Re-emergence of "Emergence": A Venerable Concept in Search of Theory Download/View: PDF

Harrison Symposium Evolutionary Ethics: An Idea Whose Time has Come? Download/View: PDF

The Evolution of Politics Download/View: PDF

The Basic Problem is Still Survival and an Evolutionary Ethics is Indispensable Download/View: PDF

Control Information: The "Missing Link" in the Science of Cybernetics? Download/View: HTML

Synergy Goes to War: A Bioeconomic Theory of Collective Violence

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