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GLOSSARY
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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.

Homeorrhesis

With reference to earth as Gaia, the self-regulation of this geobiosphere system around an evolving point by and for the benefit of the biota.

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.

Inflation

The theory that our universe began as a microscopic point which instantly burst to an immense cosmic size at the big bang.

Isomorphic

A term, often used in general systems theory, to connote similarity in shape or structure between different objects, entities or levels in a hierarchy.

Iteration

Repetition of the same mathematical steps or procedural processes over and over. Also applies to subsequent phases of a project.

Limnology

As distinct from oceanography, the study of inland waters which includes rivers, creeks, billabongs, ponds, pools, swamps, lakes, salt-lakes and other wetlands.

Meme

A term first coined by Richard Dawkins for the cultural equivalent of genes. Ideas, phrases, fads, beliefs and so on such as the meme concept itself are examples. Their study is known as memetics.

Metazoan

The overall classification of multicellular animals.

Mitochondria

An organelle of eukaryotic cells for energy production through oxygen respiration.

Modularity

The tendency of complex, evolving, self-organizing systems such as brains or genomes to form differentiated functional modules.

Morphogenesis

The sequential anatomical development of the bodily morphology of an organism.

Multiverse

The ensemble of all possible universes that might exist, most of which would not allow life and human intelligence to appear.

Neocortex

The most recent evolutionary addition to the brain’s cerebral cortex.

Neural Network

An interconnected, variable mesh of sensitive neurons in the brain or an information processing circuit in computer. These can be self-organizing and self-learning by means of giving “weights” to processed information whereby stronger or more prevalent inputs are reinforced.

Neuron

A basic nerve cell in brains with an emitter extension and a receiving dendrite.

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