Nature's Magic: Synergy in Evolution and the Fate of Humankind by Peter Corning | 9781107407503 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Nature's Magic: Synergy in Evolution and the Fate of Humankind

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

by Peter Corning
     
 

ISBN-10: 1107407508

ISBN-13: 9781107407503

Pub. Date: 09/13/2012

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In Nature's Magic Peter Corning states that synergy—a vaguely familiar term to many of us—has been a wellspring of creativity in the natural world and has played a key role in the evolution of cooperation and complexity at all levels, from physics and chemistry to the latest human technologies. The 'Synergism Hypothesis' asserts that synergy is more than

Overview

In Nature's Magic Peter Corning states that synergy—a vaguely familiar term to many of us—has been a wellspring of creativity in the natural world and has played a key role in the evolution of cooperation and complexity at all levels, from physics and chemistry to the latest human technologies. The 'Synergism Hypothesis' asserts that synergy is more than a class of interesting and ubiquitous effects. It has also been a major causal agency in evolution; it represents a unifying explanation for biological complexity and represents a different perspective on the evolutionary process. In contrast to gene-centered theories, or postulates of self-organization and emergent 'laws' of complexity, the Synergism Hypothesis represents, in essence, an 'economic' (or bio-economic) theory of complexity. Peter A. Corning, Ph.D., is the Director of the Institute for the Study of Complex Systems in Palo Alto, California. He has published numerous research papers and articles and three previous books, one of which was a theoretical monograph on the role of synergy in evolution, The Synergism Hypothesis: A Theory of Progressive Evolution (McGraw-Hill, 1983).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107407503
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/13/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
468
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.02(d)

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Table of Contents

1. Prologue: the new evolutionary paradigm; 2. The enchanted loom; 3. The magic castle; 4. Black magic; 5. The synergism hypothesis; 6. The 'Sorcerer's Apprentice'; 7. Conjuring human evolution: the synergistic ape; 8. Conjuring history: does cultural evolution have an 'arrow'?; 9. The science of history; 10. Conjuring the future: what can we predict?; Afterword; Endnotes; Bibliography.

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