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Read online A Third Window: Natural Life beyond Newton and Darwin.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC A Third Window: Natural Life beyond Newton and Darwin Thus far the dominant paradigms through which modern scientists have viewed nature have been structured primarily around Newtonian and Darwinian approaches As theoretical ecologist Robert E Ulanowicz observes in his new work i A Third Window i neither of these models is sufficient for explaining how real change in the form of creative advance or emergence takes place in nature The metaphysical foundations laid by these great thinkers centuries ago are ill suited to sustain today s search for a comprehensive description of complex living systems Ecosystem dynamics for example violate each and every one of the Newtonian presuppositions Hence Ulanowicz offers his titular third window a new way of understanding evolution and other natural processes beyond the common mechanistic or materialistic philosophies of nature Drawing on the writings of Walter Elsasser Karl Popper Gregory Bateson Robert Rosen and Alfred North Whitehead as well as his own experience as a theoretical ecologist Ulanowicz offers a new set of axioms for how nature behaves Chance and disarray in natural processes are shown to be necessary conditions for real change Randomness is shown to contribute richness and autonomy to the natural world The metaphysical implications of these new axioms will lend i A Third Window i a wide appeal not only among scientists but also among philosophers theologians and general readers who follow the science and religion dialogue Ulanowicz s fresh perspective adds a new voice to the discussion by Robert E. Ulanowicz, Stuart A. Kauffman

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Ecology the Ascendent Perspective provides an entirely fresh view of the origins of organization in living systems Writing for theoretical ecologists biologists and philosophers of science Robert Ulanowicz mounts a powerful challenge to prevailing mechanistic paradigms of ecology Ecology Ulanowicz argues needs a more robust central paradigm and this book presents one derived from current work in information theory ecosystem energetics and complexity theory the result is a theoretical and empirical tool kit better able to measure the developmental status of any living community Ranging widely to explore critical issues in the history of science order causality progress laws the book sets forth a coherent theoretical framework for ecology A challenge to existing Newtonian and Darwinian paradigms Ecology the Ascendent Perspective demonstrates that a theoretically reshaped science of ecology better suited to portraying the dynamics of the natural world can be a more effective means of ensuring its health, No description available, This volume provides a current synthesis of theoretical and empirical food web research Whether they are binary systems or weighted networks food webs are of particular interest to ecologists in providing a macroscopic view of ecosystems They describe interactions between species and their environment and subsequent advances in the understanding of their structure function and dynamics are of vital importance to ecosystem management and conservation Aquatic Food Webs provides a synthesis of the current issues in food web theory and its applications covering issues of structure function scaling complexity and stability in the contexts of conservation fisheries and climate Although the focus of this volume is upon aquatic food webs where many of the recent advances have been made any ecologist with an interest in food web theory and its applications will find the issues addressed in this book of value and use This advanced textbook is suitable for graduate level students as well as professional researchers in community ecosystem and theoretical ecology in aquatic ecology and in conservation biology, Thus far the dominant paradigms through which modern scientists have viewed nature have been structured primarily around Newtonian and Darwinian approaches As theoretical ecologist Robert E Ulanowicz observes in his new work i A Third Window i neither of these models is sufficient for explaining how real change in the form of creative advance or emergence takes place in nature The metaphysical foundations laid by these great thinkers centuries ago are ill suited to sustain today s search for a comprehensive description of complex living systems Ecosystem dynamics for example violate each and every one of the Newtonian presuppositions Hence Ulanowicz offers his titular third window a new way of understanding evolution and other natural processes beyond the common mechanistic or materialistic philosophies of nature Drawing on the writings of Walter Elsasser Karl Popper Gregory Bateson Robert Rosen and Alfred North Whitehead as well as his own experience as a theoretical ecologist Ulanowicz offers a new set of axioms for how nature behaves Chance and disarray in natural processes are shown to be necessary conditions for real change Randomness is shown to contribute richness and autonomy to the natural world The metaphysical implications of these new axioms will lend i A Third Window i a wide appeal not only among scientists but also among philosophers theologians and general readers who follow the science and religion dialogue Ulanowicz s fresh perspective adds a new voice to the discussion