General Science and Philosophy


A Law of Nature

Authors: Ir J.A.J. van Leunen

Complexity plays an important role in all kinds of human activity as well as in nature. Complexity can be defined in terms of the number of relations that must be handled accounted relative to the number of potential relations. Modularization is an efficient methodology that helps reducing the number of relevant relations. It has the property that it becomes more efficient when the availability and the diversity of modules that can be coupled increase. Its efficiency can grow exponentially when modules can be generated out of simpler modules. In nature this effect leads to the generation of very complex creatures, such as intelligent species. In fact it is possible to interpret this tendency as a new law of nature.

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[v1] 21 Jan 2011
[v2] 26 Jan 2011
[v3] 31 Jun 2011

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