The Whole Creature: Complexity, Biosemiotics and the Evolution of Culture

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Lawrence & Wishart, 2006 - Social Science - 173 pages
Wendy Wheeler argues that humans are, in a fundamental sense, social beings. This can be grasped from understanding the complex social processes of evolution. From looking at recent developments in other disciplines but particularly in science - and the biology of complex systems - she argues that we are currently going through a paradigm shift in the long revolution of modern thought, from 'The Age of Reduction' to 'The Age of Emergence'. Through looking at the complex emergence of human society and culture, we can get a better understanding of how 'the whole creature' operates. Such an understanding serves to undermine the neoliberal philosophy of possessive individualism, whose outlook could be seen to be underpinned by a crude Social Darwinism; but, equally, its sense of humans as evolved and embodied creatures also undermines those who believe there is no existence outside discourse.

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Acknowledgements
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the complexity revolution
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complex culture
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Wendy Wheeler is Reader in English at London Metropolitan University. She is the author of A New Modernity? Change in Science, Literature and Politics; and editor of The Political Subject: Essays on the Self.

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