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Holistic DarwinismSynergy, Cybernetics, and the Bioeconomics of Evolution$
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Peter Corning

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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Synergy versus Self-Organization in the Evolution of Complex Systems

Synergy versus Self-Organization in the Evolution of Complex Systems

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Holistic Darwinism

Peter A. Corning

University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses the role of teleonomy and self-determination in evolution and the relationship between synergy and self-organization. It explains that Holistic Darwinism encompasses the phenomena associated with emergence—the recently rediscovered nineteenth-century term for the idea that wholes may have distinct properties that transcend their parts. This chapter also argues that emergent phenomena represent a subset of a much larger universe of combined effects in the natural world and that while there are many different kinds of synergy, not all synergies represent emergent phenomena.

Keywords:   teleonomy, self-determination, evolution, synergy, self-organization, Holistic Darwinism, emergence, emergent phenomena

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