Complexity and Evolution: A Study of the Growth of Complexity in Organic and Cultural Evolution [Book Review]

Foundations of Science 15 (3):263-278 (2010)
In the present paper I develop a model of the evolutionary process associated to the widespread although controversial notion of a prevailing trend of increasing complexity over time. The model builds on a coupling of evolution to individual developmental programs and introduces an integrated view of evolution implying that human culture and science form a continuous extension of organic evolution. It is formed as a mathematical model that has made possible a quantitative estimation in relative terms of the growth of complexity. This estimation is accomplished by means of computer simulations the result of which indicates a strong acceleration of complexity all the way from the appearance of multicellular organisms up to modern man
Keywords Complexity  Biological evolution  Cultural evolution  Scientific evolution  Development  Acceleration
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DOI 10.1007/s10699-010-9179-6
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