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Complexity and the Arrow of Time by Charles H. Lineweaver, Paul C.W. Davies, Michael Ruse

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11 Information width: a way for the second law to increase complexity

David H. Wolpert

11.1 Rising complexity, natural selection, and thermodynamics

It seems that many systems both increase their complexity if initialized in a low complexity state, and then reliably and robustly maintain high (but finite) complexity once it is attained. Some of the most prominent examples are the many biological systems undergoing natural selection that seem to start with low complexity and then increase their complexity (Krakauer, 2011; Carroll, 2001; McShea, 1991; Smith, 1970). Such systems ...

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