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Coincidence: coincidence is not the absence of a causal explanation, but the coinciding of several events, which were caused by independent causal chains. The determination of a coincidence belongs to the description level and may express the deviation from an expectation. The property of being accidental is not inherent to events. See also determinism, indeterminism, contingency, necessity, probability.

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Stuart Kauffman on Coincidence - Dictionary of Arguments

I 9
Science/coincidence/Kauffman: science has reduced us to beings who owe their existence to coincidence. KauffmanVs: this is incomplete.
I 282
Coincidence/Kauffman: there is an inevitability of historical coincidence. The periodic table is clear, but at the level of chemistry, the space of possible molecules is larger than the number of atoms in the universe. Life is thus the product of a historical coincidence.
I 286
Evolution/Life/Self-organisation/Coincidence/Necessity/Kauffman: we are not just pieced up handicrafts, not just molecular ad hoc apparatuses. KauffmanVsGould, KauffmanVsMonod, KauffmanVsJacob, KauffmanVsBricolage.
We are children of necessity. At home in the universe.


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Kau II
Stuart Kauffman
At Home in the Universe: The Search for the Laws of Self-Organization and Complexity New York 1995

Kauffman I
St. Kauffman
At Home in the Universe, New York 1995
German Edition:
Der Öltropfen im Wasser. Chaos, Komplexität, Selbstorganisation in Natur und Gesellschaft München 1998


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