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

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7 Life: the final frontier for complexity?

Simon Conway Morris

The concept of complexity reminds one of the tasting notes of a rare vintage: everybody knows what you are talking about, but the realities continuously slip through our fingers. Moreover, in the scale of complexities most would agree that life is intrinsically more complex than, say, a galaxy. So too we suppose that some sort of metric stretches through the history of life: be it in terms of ecologies, bodyplans or nervous systems. In other words what we see today is manifestly more complex than what was found in ...

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