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You might want to take a look at Adrian Bejan's Constructal Theory as well:  "For a finite-size system to persist in time (to live), it must evolve in such a way that it provides easier access to the imposed (global) currents that flow through it."

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by gmoke on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 05:56:09 PM EST
Adrian Bejan - Constructal Law  Duke Universisty

The constructal law is the law of physics that accounts for the phenomenon of evolution (configuration, form, design) throughout nature, inanimate flow systems and animate systems together.

The constructal law was stated by Adrian Bejan, the J.A. Jones Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Duke University, in 1996 as follows1, 2:

 "For a finite-size system to persist in time (to live), it must evolve in such a way that it provides easier access to the imposed currents that flow through it."

 The constructal law places the concepts of life, evolution, design and performance in physics, which is in the broadest scientific arena. The constructal law is the law of physics of life and evolution3-5.

The constructal law accounts for the arrow of time6, which is the direction of the evolution of flow organization over time.

Constructal theory   ScienceDaily


The constructal theory of global optimization under local constraints explains in a simple manner the shapes that arise in nature.

It is the thought that flow architecture comes from a principle of maximization of flow access, in time, and in flow configuration that are free to morph.

The constructal law proclaims a tendency in time about the generation of animate and inanimate flow systems: "the maximization of access for the currents that flows through a morphing flow system. " This theory replaces the belief that nature is fractal, and allows one to design and analyse systems under constraints in a quest for optimality.

This theory allows the design and understanding of natural systems, thermal dissipators, communication networks, etc.

Exposing a solar panel to the sun and extracting electricity directly maximizes the flow of energy from the sun to human uses.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 06:44:57 PM EST
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Kinda similar to constructor theory:

Constructor theory is a mode of explanation proposed by David Deutsch, visiting professor of physics at the University of Oxford, who pioneered the theory of the universal quantum computer. With constructor theory, Deutsch generalises some of the insights that led to that earlier idea, applying them now to the whole of physics.

In constructor theory, physical laws are formulated only in terms of which tasks are possible (with arbitrarily high accuracy, reliability, and repeatability), and which are impossible, and why - as opposed to what happens, and what does not happen, given dynamical laws and initial conditions. A task is impossible if there is a law of physics that forbids it. Otherwise, it is possible - which means that a constructor for that task - an object that causes the task to occur and retains the ability to cause it again - can be approximated arbitrarily well in reality. Car factories, robots and living cells are all accurate approximations to constructors.

Find a constructor for civilization survival.
by das monde on Mon Jul 15th, 2019 at 04:59:18 AM EST
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OOP solves "riddle of life"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Jul 15th, 2019 at 05:57:02 PM EST
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OOP is too good
The problem with object-oriented languages is they've got all this implicit environment that they carry around with them. You wanted a banana but what you got was a gorilla holding the banana and the entire jungle.
by das monde on Mon Jul 22nd, 2019 at 12:39:18 PM EST
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Very much the same answer to the riddle of life:
Given a particular energy source, some arrangements of atoms will be better at absorbing and spending it than others. These arrangements are more likely to undergo an irreversible transformation. What if some systems get better at doing this than others over time? Then the series of irreversible transformations become an effect that compounds, pulling itself up by its bootstraps [...]

Of course, a system of atoms isn't trying to do anything -- it's just blindly, randomly, shuffling itself around. And yet, through its journey from one shape to another, a constellation of chemical stories, it self-organizes into something that looks to us like it has adapted [...]

[...] Darwinian natural selection could be recast as a special case of the more generalized phenomenon of dissipative adaptation, a dialect of a more fundamental language. Whereas dissipative adaptation occurs on the micro-scale, natural selection takes place in the world of macroscopic self-replicators. And self-replication is an excellent way to consume and dissipate energy. In the language of dissipative adaptation, words like "fitness" take on new meaning. "Fitness is defined here not in terms of a set of optimal functionalities, but rather as its 'give and take' relationship with available energy from the environment,"

by das monde on Wed Jul 17th, 2019 at 06:45:16 AM EST
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