From Complexity to Life: On The Emergence of Life and Meaning

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Niels Henrik Gregersen
Oxford University Press, Nov 28, 2002 - Science - 256 pages
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This book brings together an impressive group of leading scholars in the sciences of complexity, and a few workers on the interface of science and religion, to explore the wider implications of complexity studies. It includes an introduction to complexity studies and explores the concept of information in physics and biology and various philosophical and religious perspectives. Chapter authors include Paul Davies, Greg Chaitin, Charles Bennett, Werner Loewenstein, Paul Dembski, Ian Stewart, Stuart Kauffman, Harold Morowitz, Arthur Peacocke, and Niels H. Gregersen.
 

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Contents

Toward an Emergentist Worldview
3
DEFINING COMPLEXITY
17
2 Randomness and Mathematical Proof
19
3 How to Define Complexity in Physics and Why
34
THE CONCEPT OF INFORMATION IN PHYSICS AND BIOLOGY
45
4 The Emergence of Autonomous Agents
47
5 Complexity and the Arrow of Time
72
6 Can Evolutionary Algorithms Generate Specified Complexity?
93
7 The Second Law of Gravitics and the Fourth Law of Thermodynamics
114
8 Two Arrows from a Mighty Bow
151
PHILOSOPHICAL AND RELIGIOUS PERSPECTIVES
175
9 Emergence of Transcedence
177
10 Complexity Emergence and Divine Creativity
187
11 From Anthropic Design to SelfOrganized Complexity
206
Index
235
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Niels Henrik Gregersen is Professor of Systematic Theology and Co-Director of the Centre of Naturalism and Christian Semantics, both at the University of Copenhagen. He has won several international research awards, including one from the John Templeton Foundation for work on the constructive interface between science and religion.

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