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The Growth of Structural and Functional Complexity during Evolution

@inproceedings{Heylighen1999TheGO,
  title={The Growth of Structural and Functional Complexity during Evolution},
  author={Francis Heylighen},
  year={1999}
}
Although the growth of complexity during evolution seems obvious to most observers, it has recently been questioned whether such increase objectively exists. The present paper tries to clarify the issue by analysing the concept of complexity as a combination of variety and dependency. It is argued that variation and selection automatically produce differentiation (variety) and integration (dependency), for living as well as non-living systems. Structural complexification is produced by spatial… 
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