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NECSI Education

Complex Physical, Biological and Social Systems

Date: June 16-20, 2003
Location: UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

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An important aspect of the general process of evolution is the formation of groups. This is important whether we are considering molecules, organelles, cells, multicellular organisms, hives, herds, prides, families or other social groups. Understanding how such multilevel structures form in evolution is a key part of understanding evolution. Traditional views of evolution consider these transitions to be major revolutions in evolution. The use of the word 'revolution' suggests that this process is outside of the usual process by which evolution takes place. The study of evolution from the perspective of considering the different scales of competition and cooperation suggests that the formation of groups is a very natural and essential part of the basic process of evolutionary change.

-- Yaneer Bar-Yam, Introducing Complex Systems

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