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

Peter Corning


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. The author of this book 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—he puts this theory into a much broader framework in this book, ... More

Keywords: evolutionary theorists, evolution, complex biological systems, complexity theorists, Synergism Hypothesis, functional synergy, Holistic Darwinism, complex systems, multilevel selection theory, niche construction theory

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Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780226116136
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226116334.001.0001


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Peter Corning, author

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Part I Synergy and Evolution: From the Origins of Life to Global Governance

Part II Bioeconomics and Evolution

Part III From Thermodynamics and Information Theory to Thermoeconomics and Control Information

Part IV Evolution and Ethics