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1. General Term: Non-Linear Systems
Non-Linear Systems Systems which are not characterizable by linear or first-order equations, but are governed by any variety of complex, reciprocal relationships, or feedback loops. Contributed by: CTNS Search
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2. General Term: Non-Linear, Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics
Non-Linear , Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics A branch of physics developed in the latter half of the twentieth century that deals with systems of particles that are far from the near-equilibrium conditions studied in classical
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3. Divine Action Topic: Peacocke, Arthur. “God’s Interaction with the...
simple, dynamic, law-obeying systems; to statistical properties of assemblies; to Newtonian systems which are deterministic yet unpredictable; and to “chaotic” and “dissipative” systems. In doing so he also analyzes the
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4. General Term: Classical Thermodynamics
broadened to include open systems (i.e., systems which exchanged matter and/or energy with their environment). These first included non-linear systems in which effects on the system were highly amplified, and then non-linear systems far from
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5. God, Humanity and the Cosmos Topic: Self-Organisation and the Development of...
out of his analysis of non-linear systems - the mathematics of chaos, as modelled on the modern computer and applied to biological systems. In a sense his conclusions complement Stephen Jay Gould ’s (see Punctuated Equilibrium and
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6. Physics Topic: Thermodynamics, Chaos, and Complexity
the twentieth century, non-linear , non-equilibrium systems were studied. These open systems exchange matter and/or energy with their larger environment, and in doing so, they can move from a less ordered to a more ordered state. The process
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7. Divine Action Topic: Barbour, Ian G. “Five Models of God and Evolution....
effects can be amplified by non-linear biological systems. He also argues for top-down causality in which higher-level events impose boundary conditions on lower levels without violating lower- level laws and he places top-down causality within
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8. Divine Action Topic: Peacocke, Arthur. “Chance and Law in Irreversible ...
, with its focus on systems in equilibrium, centers on the second law of increasing entropy in closed systems. Through the statistical thermodynamics of Boltzmann this came to be seen as increasing disorder or randomness in closed
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9. God, Humanity and the Cosmos Topic: Polkinghorne’s View of Divine Action
for Polkinghorne is that non-linear systems of the sort that exhibit chaos are exquisitely sensitive to the conditions in which they develop, and hence their development very rapidly becomes unpredictable. That much is generally accepted. But
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10. God, Humanity and the Cosmos Topic: Peacocke and Polkinghorne: Comparison of...
the ontological openness of non-linear systems, and has been rightly criticised for the logic by which he arrives at this. However, a system-open-to-God-as-overall-context is very similar to
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