The Eighth Day: Social Evolution as the Self-Organization of Energy

The Eighth Day: Social Evolution as the Self-Organization of Energy

by Richard Newbold Adams

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780292720619
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 03/28/1988
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Richard Newbold Adams is Rapoport Centennial Professor Emeritus of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin.

Table of Contents

  • Contents
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • 1. Preliminaries
    • Principles and Explanations
    • Anthropological Antecedents
    • Monism and Materialism
    • Studies of Energy and Society
  • 2. Energy Process
    • Energy Forms
    • Equilibrium
    • Equilibrium and Dissipative Structures
    • Stability and Steady States
    • Appendix: Note on Odum’s “Energy Quality”
  • 3. Energy Dynamics
    • The Laws of Thermodynamics
    • Lotka’s Principle
    • Minimum Dissipation Principle
    • Trigger-Flow Mechanisms and Principles
  • 4. Self-Organization
    • Introduction
    • Equilibrium Bases of Self-Organization
    • Autopoiesis
    • Perturbations
    • Self-Triggering
    • Appendix: Order and Functional Organization
  • 5. Culture
    • Mental Self-Organization
    • Informational Dynamics
    • Cultural Process
    • Appendix: Energy and Values
  • 6. Domestication
    • Domestication? Why Bother?
    • Ecological and Human Controls
    • Human Dominance, Culture, and Power
    • Indigenous California Society
    • The Emergence of Social Hierarchies
    • Political and Ideological Implications
    • Notes
  • 7. Natural Selection
    • The Broader Issue
    • In Equilibrium Structures
    • Self-Organization of Dissipative Structures
    • Selection and Epistemology
  • 8. Boundary Dynamics
    • Social Boundaries
    • Energetic Boundaries
    • Environments and Closure
  • 9. Civilization
    • The Meaning of “Civilization”
    • Civilization as a Trigger
    • The Origins and Future of Civilization
    • Notes
  • 10. Humanities
    • The Classics
    • Free-Floating Triggers
  • 11. Expansion In Social Hierarchy: A Model
    • Social Survival Vehicles and Coaxal Structures
    • Novel and Secondary Constructions
    • The Emergence of Hierarchy: Work and Regulation
  • 12. Energy and Industrialization
    • Modeling Industrialization Expansion
    • The Energy Sector Model
    • Interactive Changes among Sectors
    • Expansion of the Regulatory Sector
    • Regulation in Subnational Units
    • Notes
  • Postscript: Development and Contemporary Social Evolution
  • References
  • Index

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