Evolution of Information Processing Systems

An Interdisciplinary Approach for a New Understanding of Nature and Society

  • Klaus Haefner

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Basic Concept

    1. Front Matter
      Pages XI-XI
  3. Contribution to the Concept of Information

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. George Kampis
      Pages 49-62
    3. Ervin Laszlo
      Pages 63-71
    4. Alexei Semenor
      Pages 72-82
  4. Information Processing Systems at the Physical Level

  5. Information Processing in Biological Systems

  6. The Evolution of Information Processing Systems at the Social Level

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 279-279
    2. Ervin Laszlo
      Pages 281-287
    3. Mika Pantzar, Vilmos Csányi
      Pages 288-303
  7. The Evolution of Information Processing Systems at the Sociotechnical Level

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 305-305
  8. Epilogue and Bibliography

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 341-341
    2. Klaus Haefner
      Pages 343-346
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 347-357

About these proceedings


An interdisciplinary team of scientists is presenting a new paradigm: all existing structures on earth are the consequence of information processing. Since these structures have been evolved over the last five billion years, information processing and its systems have an evolution.This is under consideration in the book. Starting with a basic paper which summarizes the essential hypotheses about the evolution of informaion processing systems, sixteen international scientists have tried to verify or falsify these hypothesises. This has been done at the physical, the chemical, the genetic, the neural, the social, the societal and the socio-technical level. Thus, the reader gets an insight into the recent status of research on the evolution of information processing systems. The papers are the result of an interdisciplinary project in which scientists of the classical disciplines have been invited to collaborate. Their inputs have been intensively discussed in a workshop. The book is the output of the workshop. The first goal of the bookis to give the reader an insight into basic principles about the evolution of information processing systems. This, however, leads directly to a very old and essential question: who is controlling the world, "matter" or an "immaterial intelligence"? Several authors of the papers are arguing that there is a basic concept of information processing in nature. This is the crucial process, which, however, needs a material basis. The reader has a chance to understand this paradigm as an approach which is valid for all levels of inorganic, organic and societal structures. This provocative concept is open to debate.


Erkenntnistheorie Genetik Informationsverarbeitung Neurologie Physik Psychologie Soziologie Soziotechnologie evolution genetics information processing neurology physics psychology socio-technology sociology theory of knowledge

Editors and affiliations

  • Klaus Haefner
    • 1
  1. 1.Fachbereich Mathematik und InformatikUniversität BremenBremen 33Federal Republic of Germany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-77213-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-77211-5
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