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

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12 Wrestling with biological complexity: from Darwin to Dawkins

Michael Ruse

The inhabitants of each successive period in the world's history have beaten their predecessors in the race for life, and are, in so far, higher in the scale of nature; and this may account for that vague yet ill-defined sentiment, felt by many palæontologists, that organisation on the whole has progressed.

(Darwin, 1859, 345)

I have long been rather dubious about the notion of complexity. Certainly, it is not something that is always desirable. For instance, in theology, as is well known, a central Christian ...

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