Complexity: the Role of Information in Organizing Chance


  • Alberto Strumia University of Bari and Bologna



A review on some of the more relevant results arising from the crisis of reductionism in different contexts of sciences, starting from the late XIX century until our days, leading to complexity theory and the problem of foundations is presented. Relation between complexity and mathematical non-linearity is emphasized. A mention of Chaitin’s compressibie/incompressibie strings to be compared to the philosophical notion of universal is suggested. A comparison of today’s notion of information, especially in its algorithmic version, and the Aristotelian-Thomisitc notion of form, is suggested. In particular we show, by the aid of pictures and animations, how chance can generate stable order and organization only if some information drives the dynamics of the process. Starting from random initial conditions, suitable information leads the evolution trajectories of each cell (element) of some system (either simple or complex) towards a precise attractor. Examples of fractals, galaxies and models of a biological organ in a living system, like a human heart, generated by stem cells are proposed. Ancient Aristotelian-Thomistic logic/ontology appears to be more close to contemporary science than in the past centuries; a result which may contribute constructively even to philosophy, beside science.




How to Cite

Strumia, A. (2022). Complexity: the Role of Information in Organizing Chance. Organisms. Journal of Biological Sciences, 5(2), 77–85.