A toy world in an open universe.
February 25, 2010 By examining classical and quantum chemical behavior in a "vast" chemical reaction network with very few atoms or molecules in it, I show that unique histories arise, that what acausally becomes actual molecules acausally changes what possible nex...
February 17, 2010 The ancient Greek philosopher, Empedocles, thought that all that was "real" in the universe was the "Actual". Aristotle and Alfred North Whitehead thought that both the Actual and the Possible were ontologically real in the universe. I present rea...
February 13, 2010 Elizabethan poet John Donne versus Tom DeLay (R-TX). At issue are the views of the fundamentalist U.S. Christian Right and the spirituality of the world we must engage in.
February 10, 2010 The current biosphere appears to be supracritical. It advances by ever more novel ways into its Adjacent Possible, thereby further expanding that Adjacent Possible. As the biosphere grows, there are more ways for it to "become". There may be a l...
February 3, 2010 Since Newton, physicists have believed that all that occurs in the universe is entailed by the fundamental laws of physics. This view sets much of our shared world view. In the present post I argue that even at the quantum-classical boundary no a...
January 28, 2010 Since Galileo and Newton, Western science has believed that the becoming of the universe is fully entailed by the fundamental laws of physics. I think this view is false. Instead the universe is open in ways we have not expected. I here start a...
Evolution is not the enemy of morality, but its first source.
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January 24, 2010 Intelligent Design is not science. Its arguments for "irreducible complexity" ignore biologists' cogent explanations in terms of Darwinian exaptations. Its arguments for improbability are vacuous. ID is merely Creation Science playing to a mispla...
January 18, 2010 By Stuart Kauffman
In this post, I want to show that we often do not know what can happen in the technological evolution of the economy, hence in the most fundamental sense, in general, risk can neither be tamed, nor can markets accurately factor...
Do we need to go beyond the "Washington Consensus" to spur global economic growth?
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January 12, 2010 The "Washington Consensus" on driving economic growth around the world has largely failed to turn the battle against poverty. An expanded theory of economic growth is needed to better spread the benefits of economic development.
Outlaws in a creative universe?
December 30, 2009 The Galilean Spell is our 350-year-old belief that the "becoming" of the universe is sufficiently describable by natural law. New grounds argue that this reductionist belief is not true, that we live in an open and creative universe.
December 24, 2009 We live in a ceaselessly creative universe beyond sufficient natural law. With Harvard theologian Gordon Kaufman I say, God is this creativity.
December 20, 2009 The becoming of the universe may not be describable by sufficient natural law. If so, we live forward into Mystery.
December 16, 2009 Civilizations around the globe are being crushed together, generating retreat into fundamentalisms, often hostile and lethal. We need a global conversation to understand our full humanity as we co-evolve together.
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