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Ulanowicz’s Process Ecology, Duality and Emergent Deism

Logan, Robert K. (2013) Ulanowicz’s Process Ecology, Duality and Emergent Deism. Open Journal of Philosophy, 03 (03). pp. 422-428. ISSN 2163-9434

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/ojpp.2013.33062


The different forms of duality in Robert Ulanowicz’s (2009) book A Third Window are compared to the notion of neo-duality found in Logan and Schumann (2005). The influence of Heraclitus on the formula- tion Ulanowicz’ duality is described. It is argued that the origin of language, which led to conceptualiza- tion and emotional intelligence, also gave rise to human spirituality, cooperation and altruism all of which contributed to human survival. The four mysteries of the existence of 1) matter/energy, 2) life, 3) human intelligence, and 4) human spirituality are identified. It is suggested that physics and chemistry deal with mystery number one; that Ulanowicz’s process ecology describes mystery number two and the relation of life to energy/matter. Mystery number three entails process ecology and consideration of the effects of language. The emergence of the fourth mystery of spirituality and/or a belief in God is shown to have emerged from two uniquely human attributes, namely the abstract form of language-based intelligence and altruism. It is suggested rather than as an agent that influences events in the universe God, an idea that arises in the minds of humankind as a metaphor of all that is good in humankind.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Newton; Darwin; Ulanowicz; Altruism; Spirituality; God; Language; Mind; Duality; Emergence
Divisions: Research Labs > sLAB (Strategic Innovation Lab)
Date Deposited: 11 May 2016 20:56
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 20:02
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/827

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