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A Review of NATURE'S MAGIC: Synergy in Evolution and the Fate of Humankind by Peter Corning

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As Peter Corning points out in the Prologue of his new book, Nature's Magic, these days overclaims for various grand theories seem to be the rule; new ideas must 'shout to be heard.' So he is well aware of the fact that his claims for what he calls the Synergism Hypothesis may seem like 'hyperbole as usual.' Corning presents a bold new vision of the evolutionary process from the Big Bang to the 21st Century. And he makes the ambitious assertion that synergy ranks up there with such heavyweight concepts as gravity, energy, entropy, and information as one of the keys to understanding how the world works and how we got here not to mention where we are going. Some may be put off by all this, but Corning does an excellent job of making his case. Let me briefly review his argument. (All substantive statements below were made by Corning and not by this reviewer. Page numbers are provided.) Published by Cambridge University Press, Cambridge,U.K., 2003. ISBN 0 521 82547 4. Price $28.00 (US). Professor Emeritus, System Management, California State University, Sacramento, California.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2004

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