Re: Mini book review on cultural ecology (was: what exactly do anthropologists do?)

Todd Michel McComb (
29 Jul 1995 16:02:17 -0700

In article <3ve4kv$ikj@CUBoulder.Colorado.EDU>,
Cameron Laird <claird@Starbase.NeoSoft.COM> wrote:
>In this case, Wesley explains how far-from-equilibrium systems
>generate order in maximally dissipating essergy. Nobel Prize-winner
>Ilya Prigogine has been trying to explain the same thing in his
>books for over half a century now, but the reality is that most
>people understand him only second-hand, through the interpretations
>of one of his followers.

That would be Nicolis, of course. And here we have actually entered
the realm of my dissertation and expertise... not that I really
believe that these things are more than diversions when applied to
human models, except for the value they might have in dissuading
people from their previous erroneous beliefs on determinacy.

Anyway, for a similar sort of thing, similarly ignored, try:

Author: Brooks, D. R. (Daniel R.), 1951-
Title: Evolution as entropy : toward a unified theory of biology /
Daniel R. Brooks and E.O. Wiley. Chicago : University of
Chicago Press, 1986.
Description: xiv, 335 p. ; 24 cm.

Todd Michel McComb