Complexity and the Arrow of Time

Written by a wide range of experts, this work presents cosmological, biological and philosophical perspectives on complexity in our universe.

Complexity and the Arrow of Time

Author: Charles H. Lineweaver

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 110702725X

Page: 357

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There is a widespread assumption that the universe in general, and life in particular, is 'getting more complex with time'. This book brings together a wide range of experts in science, philosophy and theology and unveils their joint effort in exploring this idea. They confront essential problems behind the theory of complexity and the role of life within it: what is complexity? When does it increase, and why? Is the universe evolving towards states of ever greater complexity and diversity? If so, what is the source of this universal enrichment? This book addresses those difficult questions, and offers a unique cross-disciplinary perspective on some of the most profound issues at the heart of science and philosophy. Readers will gain insights in complexity that reach deep into key areas of physics, biology, complexity science, philosophy and religion.

Complexity and the Arrow of Time

This book brings together a wide range of experts in science, philosophy and theology and unveils their joint effort in exploring this idea.

Complexity and the Arrow of Time

Author: Charley H. Lineweaver

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781107272521

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"There is a widespread assumption that the universe in general, and life in particular, is "getting more complex with time". This book brings together a wide range of experts in science, philosophy, and theology and unveils their joint effort in exploring this idea. They confront essential problems behind the theory of complexity and the role of life within it: What is complexity? When does it increase, and why? Is the universe evolving towards states of ever greater complexity and diversity? If so, what is the source of this universal enrichment? This book addresses those difficult questions, and offers a unique cross-disciplinary perspective on some of the most profound issues at the heart of science and philosophy. Readers will gain insights in complexity that reach deep into key areas of physics, biology, complexity science, philosophy and religion"--

Complexity and the Arrow of Time

In biological evolution too, complexity seems to rise and rise, and yet this trend is
notoriously hard to pin down. If there is a complexityarrow of time” to place
alongside the thermodynamic and cosmological arrows of time, it has yet to be ...

Complexity and the Arrow of Time

Author: Charles H. Lineweaver

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107276632

Page:

View: 335

There is a widespread assumption that the universe in general, and life in particular, is 'getting more complex with time'. This book brings together a wide range of experts in science, philosophy and theology and unveils their joint effort in exploring this idea. They confront essential problems behind the theory of complexity and the role of life within it: what is complexity? When does it increase, and why? Is the universe evolving towards states of ever greater complexity and diversity? If so, what is the source of this universal enrichment? This book addresses those difficult questions, and offers a unique cross-disciplinary perspective on some of the most profound issues at the heart of science and philosophy. Readers will gain insights in complexity that reach deep into key areas of physics, biology, complexity science, philosophy and religion.

Arrow of Time and Reality

This book considers the problem within the realm of contemporary physics, and shows that it could be related to that of ultimate entities.

Arrow of Time and Reality

Author: Anne Magnon

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9789810230227

Page: 290

View: 831

What is Reality? What is the role of human consciousness in the shaping of such a concept? These questions are as old as mankind and gave rise to the MIND-MATTER dualism which preoccupied so many physicists: Schrödinger, Wigner, etc. This book considers the problem within the realm of contemporary physics, and shows that it could be related to that of ultimate entities. The author develops the viewpoint according to which human thinking activities are fruit of the Cosmos and of its combinatorial activity. Ultimate entities, the bricks out of which our universe is made, could be hidden, as a primordial alphabet, in the foundations of the pyramid of increasing complexity, which seems to unfold as a language and to culminate in the emergence of organized and thinking structures. This is analyzed in the context of cosmological screening and horizons (an expression of our lack of access to totality) where macroscopic and microscopic can mingle, where a unification of interactions and a matching of available arrows of time can take place. This context is also that of quantum evaporation of particle-antiparticle like entities, which triggers entropy increase, and of the overlap between General Relativity and Quantum Mechanics. The problem of an (global) origin of the cruising (and evanescent) “Now” is considered. A creative principle (reminiscent of the biological mitosis) is also presented which is the generator of the “event” through breaking of temporal symmetry. In this perspective, time-flow is an emergent concept: Creation of the World is declined priority on the concept of “coming into existence”. Participant to the origin of the World, all (possibly virtual) processes are able to culminate into the phenomenon of consciousness and Self-Awareness.

From Complexity to Life

PHILOSOPHICAL AND RELIGIOUS PERSPECTIVES9. Emergence of Transcendence, Harold J. Morowitz10. Complexity, Emergence, and Divine Creativity, Arthur Peacocke11. From Anthropic Design to Self-Organized Complexity, Niels Henrik GregersenIndex.

From Complexity to Life

Author: Niels Henrik Gregersen

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0195150708

Page: 243

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Annotation. Contributors1. Introduction: Towards an Emergentist Worldview, Paul DaviesPART I. DEFINING COMPLEXITY2. Randomness and Mathematical Proof, Gregory J. Chaitin3. How to Define Complexity in Physics, and Why, Charles H. BennettPART II. THE CONCEPT OF INFORMATION IN PHYSICS AND BIOLOGY4. The Emergence of Autonomous Agents, Stuart Kauffman5. Complexity and the Arrow of Time, Paul Davies6. Can Evolutionary Algorithms Generate Specified Complexity?, William A. Dembski7. The Second Law of Gravutucs and the Fourth Law of Thermodynamics, Ian Stewart8. Two Arros from a Mighty Bow, Werner R. LoewensteinPART III. PHILOSOPHICAL AND RELIGIOUS PERSPECTIVES9. Emergence of Transcendence, Harold J. Morowitz10. Complexity, Emergence, and Divine Creativity, Arthur Peacocke11. From Anthropic Design to Self-Organized Complexity, Niels Henrik GregersenIndex.

Evolving Complexity

These are reversible explanations for a fundamentally irreversible universe. Reversibility means that there can be no selection of possibilities.

Evolving Complexity

Author: Harrison Crecraft

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780998617800

Page: 206

View: 579

This book reveals a bold new physical explanation for "Why are we here?" Physics currently just offers reversible explanations, such as the universe somehow started off in an exceptionally improbable state, or there are multiple universes but we perceive only this exceptional one. Physics interprets nature as friction-free and reversible. This means there can be no selection of possibilities. The future, as well as the past, is set in stone, and free will is only an illusion. Dr. Crecraft corrects the accident of history that has led physics to interpret nature as reversible and deterministic, despite quantum randomness and our own experience. He extends physics' existing conceptual foundation to accommodate the emergence and evolution of complexity. The book provides clear and specific explanations for: - Why the universe has evolved to the point that we can ponder its origin; - Time's thermodynamic arrow of dissipation; - Time's second arrow of progress; - The origins of cooperation and competition in evolving systems. Understanding the emergence, evolution and behavior of complex systems is critical as we navigate our way through this increasingly complex world. About The Author: Harrison Crecraft holds a PhD in geological sciences. Throughout his career, he has probed beneath the surface to understand the "what" of complex non-equilibrium geological systems. In order to understand the "why" of evolving complexity, he has explored the conceptual foundations of physics and thermodynamics. His investigations have revealed not only why complexity evolves, but also why physics and thermodynamics have failed to shed light on this fundamental drive of nature.

Complexity and Public Policy

Arrow of time and depth As already mentioned in the context of physical complex
systems , the flow of time is highly significant when it comes to all complex
phenomena including biotic and conscious systems . The arrow of time moves in
one ...

Complexity and Public Policy

Author: Robert Geyer

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780415556637

Page: 215

View: 117

This book provides a clear, concise and readable introduction to complexity thinking, its application to the social sciences and public policy, and the relevance of its tools to politics, health, the international realm, development, planning and terrorism.

Information Ages

Scientist Peter Coveney and prize - winning science journalist Roger Highfield
have combined efforts to author a pair of splendid accounts of complexity and the
arrow of time : Frontiers of Complexity : The Search for Order in a Chaotic World ...

Information Ages

Author: Michael E. Hobart

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 301

View: 619

A history of information technology illuminates the interdependence of knowledge and the means of its preservation and transmission

From Eternity to Here

In From Eternity to Here, Sean Carroll argues that the arrow of time, pointing resolutely from the past to the future, owes its existence to conditions before the Big Bang itself—a period modern cosmology of which Einstein never dreamed.

From Eternity to Here

Author: Sean Carroll

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 110115215X

Page: 448

View: 792

A rising star in theoretical physics offers his awesome vision of our universe and beyond, all beginning with a simple question: Why does time move forward? Time moves forward, not backward—everyone knows you can’t unscramble an egg. In the hands of one of today’s hottest young physicists, that simple fact of breakfast becomes a doorway to understanding the Big Bang, the universe, and other universes, too. In From Eternity to Here, Sean Carroll argues that the arrow of time, pointing resolutely from the past to the future, owes its existence to conditions before the Big Bang itself—a period modern cosmology of which Einstein never dreamed. Increasingly, though, physicists are going out into realms that make the theory of relativity seem like child’s play. Carroll’s scenario is not only elegant, it’s laid out in the same easy-to- understand language that has made his group blog, Cosmic Variance, the most popular physics blog on the Net. From Eternity to Here uses ideas at the cutting edge of theoretical physics to explore how properties of spacetime before the Big Bang can explain the flow of time we experience in our everyday lives. Carroll suggests that we live in a baby universe, part of a large family of universes in which many of our siblings experience an arrow of time running in the opposite direction. It’s an ambitious, fascinating picture of the universe on an ultra-large scale, one that will captivate fans of popular physics blockbusters like Elegant Universe and A Brief History of Time. Watch a Video

Thinking Complexity

... concept of linear temporality as the cornerstone of the modern configuration of
knowledge , important exponents of Complexity Science identify the novelty of
Complexity in its recognition of time irreversibility ( or the arrow of Time ' ) as a
real ...

Thinking Complexity

Author: Paul Cilliers

Publisher: Isce Pub

ISBN:

Page: 259

View: 255

This volume examines the impact of complexity theory on various disciplines, especially the area of philosophy. (Philosophy)

Vikalpa

It is out of these sources of complexity that the chaotic behaviour of the real
manufacturing system germinates . ... Complex systems often exhibit an arrow of
time — they have irreversible components : Irreversible change is also often
intrinsic ...

Vikalpa

Author:

Publisher:

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Page:

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Conceptions of Change Over Time

The relationship between parts of such a system is one of simple complexity in
the sense that interactions between ... Closed systems near equilibrium entail the
arrow of time, but the arrow itself as irreversible inherent direction may, ...

Conceptions of Change Over Time

Author: Jacques Montangero

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 290

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Origins Time and Complexity

THE EMPEROR ' S ARROW OF TIME W . SKOCZNY ( Faculty of Philosophy ,
Cracow , Poland ) The Emperor ' s New Mind " is not only the author ' s polemic
against artificial intelligence , it is also , and may be most importantly an
extremely ...

Origins  Time and Complexity

Author: George V. Coyne

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 318

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The Evolution of Biological Organization as a Function of Information

Complexity and arrows of time. The genetic information of any organism is of a
complex, hierarchical structure: The bases A, T, C and G compose the triplett
codons of the amino acids, codons compose exons separated by introns, exons ...

The Evolution of Biological Organization as a Function of Information

Author: Ilse Walker

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 319

View: 673

The basic concepts. Biological information: the necklace principle of coding. Analogy as a biophysical concept. Symmetry in biological structure and function. Biological complexity: problems of analysis. Growth in the organic hierarchy. Cyclic function and the problem of control. The evolution of the cooperative group and structural individualization. The evolution of systemic mortality as a consequence of central control. Maintenance of information. Mutation and selection. Population growth and selection. Competition. Competition and biodiversity.

Complexity in Maurice Blanchot s Fiction

Scientists have posited a universe starting from simplicity but growing ever more
complex . Scientific investigation has raised the question of time ' s direction ;
various arrows of time have been proposed . To talk about entropy ( increasing ...

Complexity in Maurice Blanchot s Fiction

Author: Deborah M. Hess

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN:

Page: 351

View: 846

Complexity in Maurice Blanchot's Fiction integrates findings from the history of science and mathematics, information theory, symbolic logic, and philosophy, in an interdisciplinary analysis of the relation between order, disorder, and process in the literary text. Maurice Blanchot's fiction serves as an exemplary focus for a textual analysis based on symbol formation and the emergence of order in complex literary texts. His fictional works are analyzed in terms of increasing complexity. Culture relates to the literary text through metaphors expressing indeterminism, subjectivity, multivalence, opposition, recursion, loops, spirals, order and disorder, and emergence. An extensive bibliography on complexity theory and on Blanchot is included.

Science and Complexity

In contrast , on the basic microscopic level , there would be no question of an
arrow of time , and no irreversibility . This problem is closely related to the
transition from the basic description involved in classical or quantum mechanics ,
with its ...

Science and Complexity

Author: Sara Nash

Publisher: Sheridan House Incorporated

ISBN:

Page: 161

View: 194

Organized Complexity

The computer modelling alternative is the affirmative recommendation in the
present book . As Brunner and Brewer outline methodology they emphasize the
arrow of time and the opportunity to engage in a continuing procedure of model ...

Organized Complexity

Author: Ronald D. Brunner

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 190

View: 294

The Visionary Window

The law defines an arrow of time ; seeing that entropy has increased today
compared to yesterday , you can tell that ... But biological evolution proceeds in
the opposite direction : from less order to more order , from the simple to the
complex .

The Visionary Window

Author: Amit Goswami

Publisher: Quest Books

ISBN:

Page: 320

View: 894

Does God exist? Can spirituality be integrated with science? Is happiness possible? Do miracles really happen? Not only does The Visionary Window answer " yes" to all of these questions, but it skillfully combines the fields of philosophy, cosmology, religion, and psychology to form a new way of thinking about science and spirituality. Stepping beyond the classic work of prominent seventies physicist Fritjof Capra, Goswami details his own pioneering exploration of science and spirit, revealing the complete integration between modern science and spiritual traditions. Using stories and colorful examples from pop culture, Goswami addresses complex issues in language and terminology easily accessible to the lay reader. He provides quantum physics-based theory and new experimental data verifying the metaphysical truth that exists when employed in the context of a new science, science within the primacy of consciousness. With a new holistic worldview, Goswami also discusses the creativity of the body to self heal; the power of spiritual practice and how to choose a meditative path; and the five stages of spiritual growth, culminating in the ability to transcend the physical laws of nature. Readers, scientists and spiritual leaders alike will find answers to many of life’s deepest mysteries.

Introduction to the Physics of Complex Systems

It puts an “ arrow " to time , saying that nature evolves in a unique direction and
cannot move backwards . This is indeed a common experience in everyday life ,
and being unable to account for this was the main limitation of the physics of
order ...

Introduction to the Physics of Complex Systems

Author: Roberto Serra

Publisher: Pergamon Press

ISBN:

Page: 222

View: 998