Humanity in a Creative Universe

Hardcover | February 25, 2016

byStuart A. Kauffman

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Much of Stuart Kauffman's work in the philosophy of evolutionary biology has centered on the question of what he calls "prestatability" in evolution: that is, whether or not science can precisely predict the future development of biological features in organisms, using a singular "FinalTheory" of evolution. In this book, Kauffman argues that the development of life on earth is not prestatable, because no theory could ever fully account for the limitless variability of evolution. He believes that the biological universe's primary trait is that it is creative, and that acknowledgingthis creativity will lead to a radically different way in which humans view themselves and all other living beings. It is an argument against Reductive Materialism.Kauffman also asserts that man's Modern preoccupation to explain all things with scientific law has deadened our creative natures. In his words, he aims for the book to be "one that revises our scientific world view of the universe as entirely entailed by law." Instead, he advocates an approach toscience that accounts for "unprestatable" creativity, thus allowing humans to fully realize their creative selves. The book will build off the ideas developed in his last two works, Reinventing the Sacred and Investigations. Incorporating philosophers like Kant and Descartes, as well as the scienceof Newton and Darwin, Humanity in a Creative Universe is Stuart Kauffman's argument for a creative and unpredictable view of modern science.

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Much of Stuart Kauffman's work in the philosophy of evolutionary biology has centered on the question of what he calls "prestatability" in evolution: that is, whether or not science can precisely predict the future development of biological features in organisms, using a singular "FinalTheory" of evolution. In this book, Kauffman argue...

Stuart A. Kauffman was educated in Philosophy, Psychology and Physiology at Dartmouth and Oxford, obtained his medical degree from UCSF in 1968 and has devoted himself to often seminal work in biology and areas of physics and economics since.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:456 pages, 9.25 × 6.06 × 0.98 inPublished:February 25, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199390452

ISBN - 13:9780199390458

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PART IBeyond The Entailing Laws Of Physics and Reductive MaterialismA Creative Universe: No Entailing Laws, but Enablement in the Evolution of the BiosphereA Creative Universe: The Social WorldPART IITowards the Subjective PoleAre We Zombies With At Best Witnessing Minds?A New Proposed Dualism: Res potentia and Res extensa, Linked by Quantum MeasurementBeyond the Stalemate: Answering Descartes With The Poised RealmTowards a Quantum, Poised Realm, Classical Theory of Mind BodyToward an Ontological Basis for a Responsible Free WillThe Strong Free Will Theorem, Toward The Subjective PoleThe Subjective Pole and The Quantum EnigmaThe Creative and Unentailed Quantum Evolution of The UniverseBeyond Pythagoras: Must We Have Foundations?PART IIIWho Are We Knowing, Doing, Living Humans In A Creative Universe?Self Organization In The Origin of Life, Agency, and OntogenyKnowing and Being in the World, Aspects of our HumanityBeyond Modernity? Can We Partially Co-Create A Civilization That Serves Our Humanity?