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Natural PhiloSophia

A variation of the natural philosophy phrase which stood for scientific studies from Isaac Newton’s day into the 19th century. In our usage the S for Sophia is capitalized to newly indicate, along with a Philip, a bicameral, bigender parity.

Ubuntu UniVerse

Ubuntu is a central African word/image for village groupings distinguished by a reciprocity of free members in supportive communities. Since this me + We = US mutuality works so well, it is also a common formation across all manner of species. Ubuntu UniVerse would represent a sustainable ecosmos that is beneficially suffused and sustained by this optimum, complementary abide.

A 2020 Global Glossary

When these definitions were first posted in 2004, Google and the Internet were just coming online. As viewers know, by 2020 one can search for any term, phrase, or name and get a short and long description. Our home page query box can also be used for the 8,500 references. Chapter IV: Ecosmomics contains an extensive survey of complexity concepts. As a 2020 global glossary, is a place for novel coinage to help communicate this annotated anthology resource.

Adaptive

An agent such as an organism may both adapt to and alter its environment through bodily and behavioral means.

Agent-Based Modeling

Another phrase for self-organizing complex adaptive systems which emphasizes the activity of independent agents such as people that are in constant creative dialogue with each other.

Algorithome

An Algorithm is a set of mathematical, procedural rules which specify a sequence of steps to be carried out to solve a problem or perform an operation. Algorithome is meant to represent its implied genetic-like content and function.

Anthropic Principle

A theory that the presence of human beings constrains the numerical parameters the universe can have. It the comes in 2 levels: the weak anthropic principle holds that the universe is the way it is because we are here; the strong version asserts that the universe was made to evolve into humans.

Anthropo Sapiens

A phrase we coined in 2014 for a composite global humankind as we peoples cover the round world, which seems to be taking on an identity of its own. Although evident and appropriate, aka anthropocene, the distinction is not in any usage re Google. See also Earthropo Sapiens.

Astrobiology

The study of and search for life elsewhere in the solar system and cosmos.

Autocatalytic

The process whereby networks such as biochemical reactions sustain their own self-propagation without an external influence.

Autopoiesis

A term for the ability of living systems to recursively referr to their own internal description so as to organize and maintain themselves.

Bicameral

Brain hemispheres which employ in their general performance either discrete or holistic modes of cognition.

Bifurcation

A branching split of a complex, dynamical system under critical threshold conditions.

Biosphere

The sum total of earth life from geological strata to its crustal surface and stratosphere.

Biteracy

Again a new word not found on Google which is meant to expand on John A. Wheeler’s “Bit to It” participatory universe so to convey its programmic usage. See also Generacy and Iteracy.

Cerebral Cortex

The outer layer of the bilateral hemispheres composed of grey matter concerned with coordination of higher central nervous system function.

Chaos

Complex behavior now found to be characterized by predictable periodic domains along with much sensitivity to initial or external conditions.

Chimera State

Also noted in Chapter IV, this phrase from the later 2010s cites a tendency complex systems to reside at a dynamic poise between less or more order. This condition is distinguished by being in both modes at the same time. We note that the term differs from its biological usage whence a creature may have two distinct genomes.

Cladistics

A method of classifying organism into groups (taxa) based on recency of common descent as judged by the possession of shared, derived characteristics. Variously known as Systematics.

Closed System

An isolated system that cannot exchange matter and energy with its surroundings.

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