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Edited by Edited by Jerry Chandler (George Mason University) and Gertrudis Van de Vijver (University of Gent)

Published: April 2000

Volume 901

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Classical neo-Darwinian explanations do not fully account for changes in biological forms, and new theories have emerged, primarily in math and physics, that offer new approaches to the problem of the origin of life and phenomena of order in evolution. This volume focuses on the role of closure at various hierarchical levels as the catalyst between self-organization and selection. Participants addressed special areas of the closure problem such as autopoiesis and autocatalysis and function and selection, and semiosis. Presentations on physical and mathematical modeling are included. The book seeks to clarify the role closure plays in explaining the emergence, development, and evolution of structurally stable systems at the thermodynamic, chemical, biochemical, biological, psychological and cultural levels.

This volume is out of print.