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The re-emergence of "emergence": A venerable concept in search of a theory
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It will be argued thatEmergent phenomena represent, in effect, a subset of a much larger universe of combined effects in the natural world; there are many different kinds of synergy, but not all synergies represent emergent phenomena.
Synergy and self-organization in the evolution of complex systems
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A new ‘physics of biology’ is envisioned in which emerging natural laws of organization will be recognized as being responsible both for driving the evolutionary process and for truncating the role of natural selection.
The Fair Society: The Science of Human Nature and the Pursuit of Social Justice
We've been told, again and again, that life is unfair. But what if we're wrong simply to resign ourselves to this situation? What if we have the power-and more, the duty-to change society for the
“Control information”: The missing element in Norbert Wiener’s cybernetic paradigm?
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A radically different approach to information theory is described and a new kind of cybernetic information will be proposed called “control information,” defined as the capacity (know‐how) to control the acquisition, disposition and utilization of matter/energy in purposive (cybernetic) processes.
Control information theory: the ‘missing link’ in the science of cybernetics
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A radically different approach to information theory is proposed and a proposed formalization in terms of a common unit of measurement, namely the quantity of available energy that can be controlled by a given unit of information in a given context is described.
Nature''s Magic: Synergy in Evolution and the Fate of Humankind Cambridge University Press
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This chapter discusses the new evolutionary paradigm, the synergism hypothesis, and the 'Sorcerer's Apprentice' - the story of a young man who fell in love with a black magician and found out that he had magical powers.
Holistic Darwinism: Synergistic Selection and the Evolutionary Process
The emotionally-charged group selection debate in biology -which celebrated an unofficial 30th anniversary in 1996 -provides a classic example of a controversy that arose from a misconception. To
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