7 found
  1. Evolution in thermodynamic perspective: An ecological approach. [REVIEW]Bruce H. Weber, David J. Depew, C. Dyke, Stanley N. Salthe, Eric D. Schneider, Robert E. Ulanowicz & Jeffrey S. Wicken - 1989 - Biology and Philosophy 4 (4):373-405.
    Recognition that biological systems are stabilized far from equilibrium by self-organizing, informed, autocatalytic cycles and structures that dissipate unusable energy and matter has led to recent attempts to reformulate evolutionary theory. We hold that such insights are consistent with the broad development of the Darwinian Tradition and with the concept of natural selection. Biological systems are selected that re not only more efficient than competitors but also enhance the integrity of the web of energetic relations in which they are embedded. (...)
    Direct download (3 more)  
    Export citation  
    Bookmark   17 citations  
  2. Causal explanations in classical and statistical thermodynamics.Jeffrey S. Wicken - 1981 - Philosophy of Science 48 (1):65-77.
    This paper considers the problem of causal explanation in classical and statistical thermodynamics. It is argued that the irreversibility of macroscopic processes is explained in both formulations of thermodynamics in a teleological way that appeals to entropic or probabilistic consequences rather than to efficient-causal, antecedental conditions. This explanatory structure of thermodynamics is not taken to imply a teleological orientation to macroscopic processes themselves, but to reflect simply the epistemological limitations of this science, wherein consequences of heat-work asymmetries are either macroscopically (...)
    Direct download (8 more)  
    Export citation  
    Bookmark   9 citations  
  3. Entropy and information: Suggestions for common language.Jeffrey S. Wicken - 1987 - Philosophy of Science 54 (2):176-193.
    Entropy and information are both emerging as currencies of interdisciplinary dialogue, most recently in evolutionary theory. If this dialogue is to be fruitful, there must be general agreement about the meaning of these terms. That this is not presently the case owes principally to the supposition of many information theorists that information theory has succeeded in generalizing the entropy concept. The present paper will consider the merits of the generalization thesis, and make some suggestions for restricting both entropy and information (...)
    Direct download (8 more)  
    Export citation  
    Bookmark   8 citations  
  4.  55
    The cosmic breath: Reflections on the thermodynamics of creation.Jeffrey S. Wicken - 1984 - Zygon 19 (4):487-505.
  5.  44
    Chance, necessity, and purpose: Toward a philosophy of evolution.Jeffrey S. Wicken - 1981 - Zygon 16 (4):303-322.
  6.  55
    Toward an evolutionary ecology of meaning.Jeffrey S. Wicken - 1989 - Zygon 24 (2):153-184.
  7.  41
    Theology and science in the evolving cosmos: A need for dialogue.Jeffrey S. Wicken - 1988 - Zygon 23 (1):45-55.