The Engine of Complexity: Evolution as Computation

Book Description

The concepts of evolution and complexity have become part of the intellectual ether permeating the life sciences, the social and behavioral sciences, and, more recently, science and . In this book, John E. Mayfield elegantly synthesizes core concepts from multiple disciplines to offer a new approach to understanding how evolution works and how complex organisms, structures, organizations, and social orders can and do arise based on theory and computational science.

Intended for the intellectually adventuresome, this book challenges and rewards readers with a nuanced understanding of evolution and complexity that offers consistent, durable, and coherent explanations for major aspects of our life experiences. Numerous examples throughout the book illustrate evolution and complexity formation in action and highlight the core function of computation lying at the work's heart.

Table of Contents

1 The Problem
2 Computation
3 Structure for Free
4 Purposeful Structure
5 Improbability and the Engine of Complexity
6 Evolution
7 Evolution Within the Body
8 Taking Control of the Cycle
9 Complex
10 Human Learning and Creativity
11 Cultural Evolution
12 The Evolution of Complexity
13 Past and Present
14 The Future

Book Details

  • Title: The Engine of Complexity: Evolution as Computation
  • Author:
  • Length: 416 pages
  • Edition: 1
  • Language: English
  • Publisher:
  • Publication Date: 2013-07-09
  • ISBN-10: 0231163045
  • ISBN-13: 9780231163040