Synergy versus Self-Organization 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:
Synergy versus Self-Organization in the Evolution of Complex Systems

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This chapter discusses the role of teleonomy and self-determination in evolution and the relationship between synergy and self-organization. It explains that Holistic Darwinism encompasses the phenomena associated with emergence—the recently rediscovered nineteenth-century term for the idea that wholes may have distinct properties that transcend their parts. This chapter also argues that emergent phenomena represent a subset of a much larger universe of combined effects in the natural world and that while there are many different kinds of synergy, not all synergies represent emergent phenomena.

Keywords: teleonomy; self-determination; evolution; synergy; self-organization; Holistic Darwinism; emergence; emergent phenomena

Chapter.  13288 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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