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Complexity and Evolution: A Study of the Growth of Complexity in Organic and Cultural Evolution
Uppsala University, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Curriculum Studies.
2010 (English)In: Foundations of Science, ISSN 1233-1821, E-ISSN 1572-8471, Vol. 15, no 3, 263-278 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

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2010. Vol. 15, no 3, 263-278 p.
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Complexity, Biological evolution, Cultural evolution, Scientific evolution, Development, Acceleration
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Natural Sciences Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-136158DOI: 10.1007/s10699-010-9179-6ISI: 000279031200004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-136158DiVA: diva2:376416
Available from: 2010-12-10 Created: 2010-12-10 Last updated: 2010-12-10Bibliographically approved

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