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

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4 Using complexity science to search for unity in the natural sciences

Eric J. Chaisson

Nature writ large is a mess. Yet, underlying unities pervade the long and storied, albeit meandering, path from the early universe to civilization on Earth. Evolution is one of those unifiers, incorporating physical, biological, and cultural changes within a broad and inclusive cosmic-evolutionary scenario. Complexity is another such unifier, delineating the growth of structure, function, and diversity within and among galaxies, stars, planets, life, and society throughout natural history. ...

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