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Behavior and Culture in One Dimension

Sequences, Affordances, and the Evolution of Complexity

Behavior and Culture in One Dimension adopts a broad interdisciplinary approach, presenting a unified theory of sequences and their functions and an overview of how they underpin the evolution of complexity. Les mer
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Behavior and Culture in One Dimension adopts a broad interdisciplinary approach, presenting a unified theory of sequences and their functions and an overview of how they underpin the evolution of complexity.


Sequences of DNA guide the functioning of the living world, sequences of speech and writing choreograph the intricacies of human culture, and sequences of code oversee the operation of our literate technological civilization. These linear patterns function under their own rules, which have never been fully explored. It is time for them to get their due. This book explores the one-dimensional sequences that orchestrate the structure and behavior of our three-dimensional habitat. Using Gibsonian concepts of perception, action, and affordances, as well as the works of Howard Pattee, the book examines the role of sequences in the human behavioral and cultural world of speech, writing, and mathematics.


The book offers a Darwinian framework for understanding human cultural evolution and locates the two major informational transitions in the origins of life and civilization. It will be of interest to students and researchers in ecological psychology, linguistics, cognitive science, and the social and biological sciences.

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Innholdsfortegnelse

Introduction: Sequences, Sequences, and Sequences


Chapter 1. The Problem of Sequentialization


Chapter 2. The Emergence of Constraint


Chapter 3. The Grammar of Interaction


Chapter 4. The Grammar of Extension


Chapter 5. The Grammar of Abstraction


Chapter 6. The Conundrum of Replication


Chapter 7. The Threshold of Complication


Chapter 8. The Institution of Sequences


Chapter 9. The Continuum of Abstraction


Appendix: Just Enough Molecular Biology

Om forfatteren

Dennis P. Waters received his Ph.D. from Binghamton University in 1990. He became a publishing entrepreneur, founding technical news services like GenomeWeb.com. After retiring, Waters continued his Ph.D. research, how one-dimensional patterns of DNA, language, and code guide the three-dimensional world. He is a visiting scientist at Rutgers University.