Homeokinetics: A Physical Science for Complex Systems

Science  18 Aug 1978:
Vol. 201, Issue 4356, pp. 579-582
DOI: 10.1126/science.201.4356.579


A physical basis for reductionism is put forth in the form of five propositions that bridge levels of organization in natural phenomena. The outlook is that complex systems and processes all have to be traced back to physical law, which applies the only general scientific constraint on reality, but that out of physical law a hierarchy of organization emerges. The basic extension of normal physics in this homeokinetic field form is to complex systems. In such systems the repetitive units of concern are internally complex and exhibit elaborate internal time-delayed processes, for example, memory.