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7. The pursuit of complexity

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The operator theory is based on the idea that when nature acquires organisational degrees of freedom, it must follow a series of construction steps defined precisely by laws governing the complexity of structural configuration. All the structures of all types of physical particles and all types of organisms can be ranked according to these steps on a ladder of increasing complexity. This organisational ladder includes the steps from the atom to the molecule, from molecules to the cell and from unicellular organisms to multicellular organisms. The sequence of operators enables us to identify the levels of organisational complexity and thus provides an independent basis for a definition of life. This chapter shows that the ideas presented in this book overcome several obstacles to clearly defining the key concepts of utility and biodiversity.

Keywords: biodiversity; life; multicellular organisms; operator theory; organisational complexity



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