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Evolutionary Systems : Biological and Epistemological Perspectives on Selection and Self-Organization

Author: Gertrudis Vijver; Stanley N Salthe; Manuela Delpos
Publisher: Dordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1998.
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To understand how complex dynamic systems, living or non-living, linguistic or non-linguistic, come to be organized as systems, to understand how their inherent dynamic nature gives rise to organisations and forms that have found a balance between potentiality for change and evolution on the one hand, and requisite stability in a given environment on the other, is the main ambition of the study of evolutionary  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gertrudis Vijver; Stanley N Salthe; Manuela Delpos
ISBN: 9789401715102 9401715106
OCLC Number: 851385276
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 438 pages)
Contents: Evolution: Model or metaphor? --
The role of natural selection theory in understanding evolutionary systems --
Darwinism and developmentalism: Prospects for convergence --
Towards high evolvability dynamics --
The beginning of the end: On the origin of final cause --
Emergence of life and biological selection from the perspective of complex systems dynamics --
Self-organization and self-construction of order --
Self-organization and optimization: Conflicting or complementary approaches? --
Pleiotropy and the evolution of adaptibility --
The unified theory and selection processes --
Information increase in biological systems: How does adaptation fit? --
Canonical ensembles, evolution of competing species, and the arrow of time --
Spontaneous order, evolution, and autocatakinetics: The nomological basis for the emergence of meaning --
Pragmatic information and the emergence of meaning --
Emergence of chaos in evolving Volterra ecosystems --
Immanent causality: A Spinozist viewpoint on evolution and theory of action --
Causality as constraint --
Evolutionary systems and the four causes: A real Aristotelian story? --
Evolution as its own cause and effect --
Dealing with complex systems or how to decipher language and organisms --
The unfolding semiosphere --
Competence of natural languages for describing the physical origin of life --
Towards a 'meta-ethic' derived from evolutionary lineages --
On some relations between cognitive and organic evolution --
Selected self-organization and the semiotics of evolutionary systems --
Towards an evolutionary semiotics: The emergence of new sign-functions in organisms and devices --
The evolution of the symbolic domain in living systems and artificial life --
Embodiment of natural and artificial agents --
Are life and meaning coextensive?
Responsibility: edited by Gertrudis Vijver, Stanley N. Salthe, Manuela Delpos.

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The three well known revolutions of the past centuries - the Copernican, the Darwinian and the Freudian - each in their own way had a deflating and mechanizing effect on the position of humans in  Read more...

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