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Origin(s) of Design in Nature

A Fresh, Interdisciplinary Look at How Design Emerges in Complex Systems, Especially Life

Swan, Liz, Gordon, Richard, Seckbach, Joseph (Eds.)

2012, XXVII, 812 p. 132 illus., 84 illus. in color.

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  • The volume offers a pluralistic approach to design in nature
  • Both scientific and theological aspects of design are considered the volume is very multi-disciplinary

Origin(s) of Design in Nature is a collection of over 40 articles from prominent researchers in the life, physical, and social sciences, medicine, and the philosophy of science that all address the philosophical and scientific question of how design emerged in the natural world. The volume offers a large variety of perspectives on the design debate including progressive accounts from artificial life, embryology, complexity, cosmology, theology and the philosophy of biology. 

This book is volume 23 of the series, Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology. www.springer.com/series/5775This book is volume 23 of the series, Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology. www.springer.com/series/5775This book is volume 23 of the series, Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology. www.springer.com/series/5775

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Complexity - Design - Evolution - Life - Nature

Related subjects » Complexity - Cosmology - Epistemology & Philosophy of Science - Evolutionary & Developmental Biology - Religious Studies

Table of contents 

Introduction, Joseph Seckbach; Foreword, Julian Chela-Flores; Preface, Gerald Schroeder; PART I: ORIGIN OF DESIGN
The Initial Low Gravitational Entropy of the Universe as the Origin of Design in Nature, C. Lineweaver
On the Biological Origin of Design in Nature, A. Grandpierre
Creativity in Nature, S. McGrew
PART II: PHILOSOPHICAL ASPECTS OF DESIGN
Plato’s Pythagorean Cosmos: Order and Chaos in the Intelligence of Natural Design, M. Faller
War or Peace? Huxley and Kropotkin’s Battle Over the Design of Virtue, O.Harman
Free Will in God’s Dice Game, M Schrader
Does Biology Need a New Theory of Explanation? A biological perspective on Kant’s Critique of Teleological Judgment, C. Chetland
Pragmatism, Inquiry, and Design: A Dynamic Approach, T. Solymosi
The Natural Design of Intelligence in Dewey’s Philosophy, J. Shook
PART III: THEOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF DESIGN
The Best Mislaid Plans: A Religious Approach to the Question of the Planning of Reality, Y. Rozenson
Judaism and Evolution in Four Dimensions: Biological, Spiritual, Cultural, and Intellectual, S. Glicksberg
Random Natural Laws Versus Direct Trends: A Cabbalistic Interpretation Based on the Teachings of Rabbi Kook, D. Berger
The Identity of Designer and Design, K. Klostermaier
In the Beginning There Was Lightning: Fulguro-Genesis and Eduard Loewenthal’s Religion of Religions, E. Rees-Dessauer
Structure and Creativeness: A Reinterpretation of the Neo-Confucian Binary Category Li and Qi, J. Rosker
Evolution: The Biblical Accounts of Life’s Development, G. Schroeder
PART IV: DARWINISM AS THE BACKBONE OF THE LIFE SCIENCES
Design and disorder: Gould, adaptationism and evolutionary psychiatry, P. Adriaens
Architecture and Design Among Plants and Animals: Convergent and Divergent Developmental Mechanisms, C. Bishop, M. Galway, and D. Garbary
The Lingual Taste Palillae: A Delicate and Complicated Nature’s Design for Taste Modalities Perception, N. Gadoth and E. Mass
Divine Genesis, Evolution and Astrobiology, J. Seckbach
Consistent Patterns of Statistical Distributions in Natural Ecological Communities: Lake Phytoplankton, Y, Kamenir
Coupling of growth, differentiation and morphogenesis: an integrated approach to design in embryogenesis, R. Gordon and V. Fleury
Interior Cell Design: VICKZ Proteins Mediate RNA Localization And Cell Function, J. Yisraeli
Organic Codes and the Origin of Language, M. Barbieri
Mechano-Sensing in Embryonic Biochemical and Morphologic Design: Evolutionary Perspectives in Primary Organisms Emergence, E. Farge
PART V: CRITICAL DISCUSSION OF DESIGN IN WHAT LIES BEYOND DARWINISM
A Response to Darwin’s Dilemma: A-PR cycles and the origin of design in nature, Z. Gill
The Synthetic Approach in Biology: Epistemic Notes for Synthetic Biology, P.L. Luisi
Necessity and Freedom in Designs of Nature, J. Svoboda
Not All Designs are Created Equal, T. Barbalet
Design of Living Systems in the Information Age: Brain, Creativity, and the Environment, M. Miran, E. Miran, and N. Chen
From Nature to Naturoids and Back, M. Negrotti
Trouble for Natural Design, A. Ward
Imagining a Theory of Everything for Adaptive Systems, S. Cook
PART VI: DESIGN IN THE PHYSICAL SCIENCES
Hidden Order and the Origin of Complex Structures, S. Kak
What the Fine-Tuning Argument Shows (and Doesn’t Show), M. Dickson
The Continuous Increase in the Complexity of the Designed Structures of the Universe is Described as Movement Against Infinite Entropy, A. Issar
Law, Order and Probability, M. Pollak
Design and Self-Organization, A.M. Winters
Development of Organisms as Self-Organization of Mechanically Stressed Macroscopic Designs, L. Beloussov
Playing God: The Historical Motivations of Artificial Life, S. Grand
PART VII: DESIGN IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
The Socially Constructed Natural Origins of Self-Organization, D. Rodgers
Complex Epidemics, Simplistic Tools: The Failure of AIDS Policy in Africa, E. Stillwaggon
PART VIII: SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS
Last remarks on ORIGIN(S) OF DESIGN IN NATURE [ODIN], L. Swan

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