The self-organizing universe: scientific and human implications of the emerging paradigm of evolution
The evolution of the universe - ranging from cosmic and biological to sociocultural evolution - is viewed in terms of the unifying paradigm of self-organization. The contours of this paradigm emerge from the synthesis of a number of important, recently developed concepts, and provide a scientific foundation to a new world-view which emphasizes process over structure, nonequilibrium over equilibrium, evolution over permanency, and individual creativity over collective stabilization. The book, with its emphasis on the interaction of microstructures with the entire biosphere, ecosystems etc., and on how micro- and macrocosmos mutually create the conditions for their further evolution, provides a comprehensive framework for a deeper understanding of human creativity in a time of transition.
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already animals appears aspect autocatalytic autonomy autopoiesis autopoietic autopoietic structures autopoietic system bacteria basic becomes behaviour biological brain capable catalytic Chapter characterized co-evolution complex consciousness corresponds creative cultural cycle dissipative structures domain earth ecological ecosystems Eigen emergence energy entropy environment epigenetic equilibrium eukaryotic evolutionary processes evolving example exchange experience fluctuations formation functions Gaia system galaxies genes heterotrophy hierarchy higher holistic horizontal gene transfer human world hyperbolic growth hypercycle Ilya Prigogine important increase individual instability interaction limbic system limit-cycle macroscopic matter mechanism mental microevolution million years ago molecules multicellular organisms multilevel neocortex neurons non-equilibrium origin oscillations oxygen perhaps phase photosynthesis phylogeny physical play possible Prigogine principle prokaryotes radiation reaction reality regime result rhythms role self-organization dynamics self-reflexive mind sexuality social sociobiological sociocultural evolution solar space-binding space-time spatial specific stability symbiosis symmetry break temperature theory thermodynamic tion transfer transformation unfolding universe