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Complex objects and growth (in evolution): an added complexity

March 25th, 2015 · No Comments


The assembly of complex objects is obvious called ‘growth’ or ‘development’ in biological contexts, and that is a still greater complexity on top of the simple issue of an organism’s inner structures.
In the study of the macro effect we see a simpler situation of ‘cultures’ evolving’ and this involves operations on cultural entities in relative isolation, e.g. in Archaic Greece, the onset of a transformation of poetics arts. But this involves design arguments of great subtlety and it is not clear how this could ever be mechanical.
As Kant observed the issues of mechanics are complicated by questions of aesthetics and teleology.

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