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Socio-natural antientropic potential: the role of economy and innovations


The self-organization processes of nature are analyzed. The increasing production of negative entropy (order) by the open stationary (non-equilibrium) systems on earth accompanies entropy production, which complies with the second law of thermodynamics. The analysis of the systemic nature of the self-organization processes shows that ecosystems and social structures form a multi-level network. This multi-level network is the result of a unified socio-natural antientropic potential (AEP). Each of the core functional elements of AEP (biological organisms, public associations) reduces entropy and increases order. At the same time, the core elements contribute to negative entropy from the external environment and export the accumulated entropy (disorder). During natural and social evolution, new levels of AEP appear. Natural selection leads to more structure and better individual links. Revolutionary AEP transformations occur through phase transitions. The AEP forming systems change their parameters, abruptly and move to a new state. Innovations in nature and society lead to phase transitions. Humanity faces another phase of the transformation of the III and IV industrial revolutions. Its trend (attractor) is caused by the real need to dematerialize the industrial metabolism of the socioeconomic system, the impact of which exceeds the carrying capacity of the biosphere. This paper shows that the primary vector of the modern AEP transformation is the transition from the material and information functions, ensuring the biological needs of man to the functions providing the information needs of the social development.

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The publication contains the results of research conducted within the framework of the research project “Development of the Fundamental Bases of the Reproductive Mechanism of Socio-Economic Development during the Third Industrial Revolution” (# 0118U003578). The publication contains the results of research realized within the framework of the scientific research work “Modeling the Eco-Innovations Transfer in the “Enterprise-Region-State” System: Impact on Ukraine's Economic Growth and Security” (#0119U100364).

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Melnyk, L. Socio-natural antientropic potential: the role of economy and innovations. Environ Dev Sustain 23, 3520–3542 (2021).

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  • Entropy
  • Negative entropy
  • Antientropic potential
  • Phase transition
  • Open stationary system
  • Socioeconomic development
  • Socio-natural potential
  • JEL Classification
  • А10
  • А13