The Self-Organizing Universe: Scientific and Human Implications

The Self Organizing Universe Scientific and Human Implications 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 t

  • Title: The Self-Organizing Universe: Scientific and Human Implications
  • Author: Erich Jantsch
  • ISBN: 9780080243115
  • Page: 279
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Self-Organizing Universe: Scientific and Human Implications

    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, noneqThe 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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    1. Scott

      I've only just finished the introduction, and already I'm aware that this book was a couple of decades ahead of its time.Just one example: Jantsch in 1979 already recognized that it was epigenetics, not genetics alone, that makes the difference for organisms. We rightly celebrated the triumph of the Human Genome Mapping project, but quickly realized that few of the hoped-for breakthroughs would result from simply knowing the entire genome. Genes alone don't determine outcome. Rather it is epigen [...]

    2. Blaine

      This is one of the most profound books I've ever read. It's a sweeping scientific view of evolution chalk full of fascinating insights based on an application of non-equilibrium thermodynamic research in the dynamic self-organization of physical, chemical, biological, and social systems. Referencing Nobel Prize winning chemist Ilya Prigogine and his work in dissipative structures, order through fluctuation, and process structures, Jantsch walks through the evolution of evolution, the unfolding o [...]

    3. Yannick Oswald

      I can only re-emphasize what previous reviews always point out. This guy was literally decades ahead of his time. My favorite example, the gist of the book is literally about describing dissipative self-organizing structures as the foundation of life and the further evolution of complexity as far as my experience goes, only this year, in 2017, researchers increasingly gain recognition for investigating such matters empirically and computationally (not just conceptually).

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