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

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5 On the spontaneous generation of complexity in the universe

Seth Lloyd

A glance out the window confirms that the universe is complex. By day, intricate weather patterns chase the Sun along its path. At night, galaxies, stars, and planets wheel across the sky. Rabbits hop across the lawn, pursued by coyotes. Trucks rumble along the highway. Turning one's gaze inside the room confirms the diagnosis. People chat and argue. Children grow. Food cooks on the stove. Spam accumulates in the computer inbox.

How and why did all this complexity come about? The answers that we currently ...

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