Re: Fw: Fw: economic irreducible complexity

Murphy (
Mon, 02 Dec 1996 20:13:41 -0500

Brian D. Harper wrote:

> This is interesting, I'm not too familiar with Teilhard de Chardin's
> writings, would you happen to know offhand where he discusses
> this analogy? This is very much like what happens in Per Bak's
> sand pile illustration of self-organized criticality.

Teilhard uses the analogy of a phase change in discussing the
evolutionary emergence of consciousness on p.168 of

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