Synergy, Cybernetics, and the Bioeconomics of Evolution
“Corning’s book is a masterpiece of synthesizing the most far-reaching facts and theories of evolutionary biology (and many other fields) and applying them with finesse to a variety of social phenomena. This book is a challenging and path-breaking contribution.”
“This is an exceptionally ambitious and important book that proposes to change the way most of us have thought about ‘Darwinism’ and evolutionary processes. Corning achieves this goal in many ways, but most effectively by integrating both his own diverse work in recent years and citation of just about everyone who has played a major role in scholarly dialogue on evolutionary biology and behavior over the last generation.”
“An extraordinary tour-de-force.”
Part I - Synergy and Evolution: From the Origins of Life to Global Governance
1. Synergy: Another Idea Whose Time Has Come?
2. Holistic Darwinism: Synergistic Selection and the Evolutionary Process
3. The Synergism Hypothesis: On the Concept of Synergy and Its Role in the Evolution of Complex Systems
4. Synergy versus Self-Organization in the Evolution of Complex Systems
5. The Re-Emergence of Emergence: A Venerable Concept in Search of a Theory
6. Synergy, Cybernetics, and the Evolution of Politics
7. Devolution as an Opportunity to Test the Synergism Hypothesis and the Cybernetic Theory of Political Systems
8. Synergy and the Evolution of Superorganisms: Past, Present, and Future
Part II - Bioeconomics and Evolution
9. Evolutionary Economics: Metaphor or Unifying Paradigm?
10. Bioeconomics as a Subversive Science
11. Biological Adaptation in Human Sciences: A Basic Needs Approach
Part III - From Thermodynamics and Information Theory to Thermoeconomics and Control Information
12. To Be or Entropy: Thermodynamics, Information, and Life Revisited
13. Thermoeconomics: Beyond the Second Law
14. Control Information: The Missing Element in Norbert Wiener's Cybernetic Paradigm?
Part IV: Evolution and Ethics
15. Evolutionary Ethics: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?
16. The Sociobiology of Democracy: Is Authoritarianism in Our Genes?
17. Fair Shares: A Biological Approach to Social Justice