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The Fractal Self – Science, Philosophy, and the Evolution of Human Cooperation - Hawaii Scholarship Online
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The Fractal Self: Science, Philosophy, and the Evolution of Human Cooperation

John L. Culliney and David Jones


“The Fractal Self” traces fresh insights on the evolution of the universe from the Big Bang to sociobiology and human culture. The book posits that on every scale, complex structure and function and ultimately life itself arose by virtue of the power of cooperation between self and other. Cooperation has proved a catalytic force for complexity from organic molecules to human affairs, and appears to oscillate with competition, as yin with yang. However, progressive complexity emerging from antecedent simplicity consistently has come from cooperation, writ large. This is a tendency in our univer ... More

Keywords: evolution, cooperation, self-organization, emergence, fractal geometry, Buddhism, Daoism, self-identity, morality, free-will

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780824866617
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824866617.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John L. Culliney, author
Hawai'i Pacific University

David Jones, author
Kennesaw State University

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