Complexity in Nature, Society, and Cognition

Volgograd: ‘Uchitel’ Publishing House, 2023. – 192 pp.
Ed. by L. E. Grinin and A. V. Korotayev.
ISBN 978-5-7057-6261-3
Editorial Council:

H. Barry III (USA), Yu. Е. Berezkin (Russia), M. L. Butovskaya (Russia), Ch. Chase-Dunn (USA), V. V. Chernykh (Russia), D. Christian (Australia), S. Gavrilets (USA), А. V. Dybo (Russia), K. Yu. Es'kov (Russia), I. V. Ilyin (Russia), P. Herrmann (Ireland), D. LePoire (USA), G. G. Malinetsky (Russia), A. V. Markov (Russia), A. Yu. Militarev (Russia), M. V. Mina (Russia), V. de Munck (USA), E. B. Naymark (Russia), A. D. Panov (Russia), Zh. I. Reznikova (Russia), B. H. Rodrigue (USA), P. Skalník (Czech Republic), F. Spier (Nether-lands).

The present volume is the ninth issue of the ‘Evolution’ Yearbook series.

Our Yearbooks are designed to present to its readers the widest possible spectrum of subjects and issues: from universal evolutionism to the analysis of particular evolutionary regularities in the development of the Universe, cosmos, stars, and planets, the Earth, chemical, biological, and social systems, culture, cognition, language, etc. Their main objective is the creation of a unified interdisciplinary field of research, within which scientists specializing in different disciplines could work within the framework of unified or similar paradigms, using common terminology and searching for common rules, tendencies and regularities.

The title of this issue is Complexity in Nature, Society, and Cognition. If we ask ourselves what are the most general concepts that can encompass the whole evolution, the whole field of evolutionary studies, hardly anyone would argue that one of the main concepts is complexity.

This issue consists of four sections: Complexity in Evolution; Social Evolution; Civilizations and Ideology; Reviews and Essays.

This Yearbook will be useful both for those who study interdisciplinary macroproblems and for specialists working in focused directions, as well as for those who are interested in evolutionary issues of Cosmology, Biology, History, Anthropology, Economics and other areas of study. More than that, this edition will challenge and excite your vision of your own life and the new discoveries going on around us.



David J. LePoire,
Leonid E. Grinin, and Andrey V. Korotayev

Introduction. Complexity as a Pivotal Process of Big History and Evolution (Full text)

I. Complexity in Evolution

David J. LePoire

Tickling the Dragon's Tail of Complexity: How Complexity Might Develop after an Inflection Point of a Singularity Trend (Full text

Leonid E. Grinin

Chemical Evolution in Big History (Full text)

Anton L. Grinin

Viruses and Evolution: The Role of Viruses in Big History (Full text)

II. Social Evolution

Leonid E. Grinin, and
Andrey V. Korotayev

Chiefdoms: Beyond Time (Full text)

III. Civilizations and Ideology

Antony Harper

A Survivorship Pattern of Civilizations and Its Consequences (Full text)

Hans Kuijper

The Foundation of Chinese Systems Thinking (Full text)

Leonid E. Grinin,
and Anton L. Grinin

The Reflection on Historical Materialism: Does the Concept Have a Future? (Full text)

Sergey V. Tsirel

Revolutionary Ideologies. Revolution and Religious Reformation (Full text)

IV. Reviews and Essays

George Lawson

Revolutions in the Contemporary World. A Review of ‘Handbook of New Waves of Revolutions in the 21st Century: The New Waves of Revolutions, and the Causes and Effects of Disruptive Political Change’ by Jack Goldstone, Leonid Grinin, and Andrey Korotayev (Eds.), Springer International Publishing, 2022 (Full text)

Noha Tarek

My Cosmic Story: The Dark Energy (Full text)