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The Synergism Hypothesis: On the Concept of Synergy and Its Role in the Evolution of Complex Systems

Peter A. Corning

in Holistic Darwinism

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780226116136
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226116334 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226116334.003.0004
The Synergism Hypothesis: On the Concept of Synergy and Its Role in the Evolution of Complex Systems

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This chapter explains the concept of synergy and its role in the evolution of complex systems. It describes many different kinds of synergy in the natural world and presents the case for the synergism hypothesis. This chapter states that Holistic Darwinism encourages a multileveled, multidisciplinary research and theory that is free from the intellectual shackles of nineteenth-century Newtonian physics. The synergy concept provides a framework for integrating the research in various disciplines that may be relevant for understanding the broader causal role of cooperative phenomena in nature and evolution.

Keywords: synergy; evolution; complex systems; synergism hypothesis; Holistic Darwinism; cooperative phenomena

Chapter.  16328 words. 

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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