To Be or Entropy: Thermodynamics, Information, and Life Revisited

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:
To Be or Entropy: Thermodynamics, Information, and Life Revisited

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This chapter focuses on the confusion regarding the use of key concepts from thermodynamics and information theory in various disciplines, particularly in relation to theories of biological evolution. It explains the distinction between order and the informed functional organization that characterizes living systems and outlines what is considered to be the appropriate paradigm for theorizing about the role of energy and information in biological processes. This chapter also discusses thermodynamics with particular reference to its application to living systems and the concepts of control volume frame of reference and available energy.

Keywords: biological evolution; thermodynamics; information theory; order; informed functional organization; living systems; control volume frame; available energy

Chapter.  8591 words. 

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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