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GLOSSARY
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Dark Energy

A residual energy in space which seems to cause the universe to expand at an accelerating rate. Also stated as vacuum energy.

Dissipative Structure

An open system sustained by a flow of energy which is then expended.

Dynamical Systems

A general phrase for activities that change over time with novel results such as the weather.

Earthomo

A new word for an emergent transition to a super-organic personsphere composed of interactive human members

Earthopo Sapiens

With reference to Anthropo Sapiens above, a further phrase to move from individual and collective human beings so to rightly express our creaturely abide and Earthling identity on this very special Gaia Alive biosphere.

Ecosystem

The totality of flora, fauna, and physical/chemical environment of a locale such as a rainforest or desert.

Emergence

The resultant appearance of a higher degree of organization in a complex system due to multiple interactions between simpler elements or entities.

Encephalization

The steady, graphically-linear development of larger, more capable brains in evolution.

Entropy

A measure of randomness or disorder in a system associated with energy or heat loss. A term associated with the second law of thermodynamics.

Epigenesis

The developmental course of an organism due to factors other than molecular genetic effects such as topological constraints or environmental influences.

Ergodic

A collection of systems forms an ergodic ensemble if the modes of behavior found in any one system resemble its behavior at other time periods and if the behavior of another, randomly chosen, system also is like the standard.

Eukaryotic

A designation for a cell which contains a distinct nucleus with genetic material.

Fractals

A geometric form where irregular, fractional features and dimensions are similarly repeated at every scale.

General Systems Theory

From the 1950s and 1960s, an attempt to create an interdisciplinary science of common, dynamic interrelations amongst objects, such as cellular metabolism or members of a society.

Holarchy

From Arthur Koestler and others, a nested scale or hierarchy composed of integrally whole components.

Holistic

A perspective that takes in and considers an entire scene or system all at once opposite and complement to reduction.

Hologram

An optical interference pattern illuminated by coherent laser light wherein each minute fraction contains the entire image.

Homology

The presence of similar evolved, usually anatomical, characters which have descended from a common ancestor.

Homoplasy

The relationship of common characters which arise independently within a certain phylogenetic kingdom.

Hypercycle

A theory for the origin of self-replicating molecular systems which involve feedback loops by which they bootstrap themselves.

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