The Resource Closing Human Evolution: Life in the Ultimate Age, by Ladislav Kováč, (electronic resource)

Closing Human Evolution: Life in the Ultimate Age, by Ladislav Kováč, (electronic resource)

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Closing Human Evolution: Life in the Ultimate Age
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Closing Human Evolution: Life in the Ultimate Age
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by Ladislav Kováč
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eng
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This volume analyses the evolution of humankind by combining approaches from science and the arts. It offers a novel perspective on the evolution of life on Earth, based on a recent reformulation of the second law of thermodynamics in terms of the “maximum entropy production principle.” In essence, the Earth is but one of many “white holes” in the universe, where life functions as a specific arrangement for the rapid dissipation of energy gradients by generating self-organized structures. Evolution of life in the universe is a creative process of increasing complexity as a Bayesian ratchet of knowledge accumulation, advancing in an evolutionary maze characterized by myriad blind alleys. On Earth, the human species has progressed more than any other by creating artefacts that have become both agents and products of in our cumulative cultural evolution. Culture has dramatically enhanced the rate of dissipation of energy gradients. Extrapolating from the acceleration of cultural evolution suggests that humanity will reach the Civilization Singularity in the middle of the 21st century, a point in time at which the rate of changes, and hence their unpredictability and uncontrollability, will converge to infinity. Humankind has now entered the ultimate age, in which the exuberance and splendour of human feats may be metaphorically likened to fireworks. The author highlights a new role of scientists as intellectuals who can create “music for the fireworks” by analysing the consequences of the astounding dynamics in order to make the closing phase of human evolution a sublime one marked by minimal political and social tensions
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Kováč, Ladislav
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QH359-425
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non fiction
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SpringerBriefs in Evolutionary Biology,
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  • Life sciences
  • Biology
  • Social sciences
  • Evolution (Biology)
  • Life Sciences
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Socio- and Econophysics, Population and Evolutionary Models
  • Philosophy of Biology
  • Popular Life Sciences
  • Philosophy of the Social Sciences
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Closing Human Evolution: Life in the Ultimate Age, by Ladislav Kováč, (electronic resource)
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mixed
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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Prelude -- First movement. Life as a cosmic imperative -- Second movement. Evolutionary uniqueness of humans -- Third movement -- The ultimate optimism: Finitics -- Finale
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unknown
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X, 125 p. 13 illus., 9 illus. in color.
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electronic
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9783319206608
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uncompressed
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computer
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rdamedia
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10.1007/978-3-319-20660-8
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online resource.
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remote
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(DE-He213)978-3-319-20660-8
Label
Closing Human Evolution: Life in the Ultimate Age, by Ladislav Kováč, (electronic resource)
Publication
Antecedent source
mixed
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
not applicable
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prelude -- First movement. Life as a cosmic imperative -- Second movement. Evolutionary uniqueness of humans -- Third movement -- The ultimate optimism: Finitics -- Finale
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
X, 125 p. 13 illus., 9 illus. in color.
File format
multiple file formats
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9783319206608
Level of compression
uncompressed
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.1007/978-3-319-20660-8
Other physical details
online resource.
Quality assurance targets
absent
Reformatting quality
access
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(DE-He213)978-3-319-20660-8

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