Gregersen N.H. (ed.) From complexity to life. On the emergence of life and meaning
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Oxford University Press, 2002. — 256 p. — ISBN-10: 0195150708, ISBN-13: 978-0195150704.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.Introduction: Toward an Emergentist Worldview. Defining Complexity. Randomness and Mathematical Proof. How to Define Complexity in Physics, and Why. The Concept of Information in Physics and Biology. The Emergence of Autonomous Agents. Complexity and the Arrow of Time. Can Evolutionary Algorithms Generate. Specified Complexity? The Second Law of Gravitics and the Fourth. Law of Thermodynamics. Two Arrows from a Mighty Bow. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives. Emergence of Transcendence. Complexity, Emergence, and Divine Creativity. From Anthropic Design to Self-Organized. Complexity.
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