Publications List, 1969-2015

Books

 The Evolution of Medicare; From Idea to Law, (1969). Office of Research and Statistics, Social Security Administration (Research Report No 29), Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office.

 The Synergism Hypothesis: A Theory of Progressive Evolution, (1983). New York: McGraw-Hill.

Peter A. Corning and Susan P. Corning, Winning with Synergy: How America Can Regain the Competitive Edge, (1986). New York: Harper & Row.

Nature’s Magic: Synergy in Evolution and the Fate of Humankind, (2003). Cambridge University Press.

 Holistic Darwinism: Synergy, Cybernetics and the Bioeconomics of Evolution, (2005). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

 The Fair Society: The Science of Human Nature and the Pursuit of Social Justice, (2011). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Synergistic Selection: The “Master Architect” of Evolution (in preparation, 2015)

 

Articles, Book Chapters

“The Biological Bases of Behavior and Some Implications for Political Science” (1971). World Politics, 23: 321-70.

“Toward a General Theory of Violent Aggression,” (1972). Social Science Information, 11(3): 7-35.

St. John, R.D. and P.A. Corning, “Maternal Aggression in Mice,” (1973). Behavioral Biology, 9: 635-639.

“Human Violence: Some Causes and Implications,” (1973). In Peace and War, Charles R. Beitz and Theodore Herman, eds., pp. 119-143. San Francisco, CA: W. H. Freeman and Company.

“Politics and the Evolutionary Process,” (1974). In Evolutionary Biology, (Vol. VIII), Theodosius Dobzhansky, Max K. Hecht and William C. Steere, eds., pp. 253-293. New York: Plenum Press.

“Biologische Grundlagen des sozialen Verhaltens,” (1974). In Reduktionisteische Sozologie, Walter L. Buhl, ed., pp. 266-323. Munich: Germany: Nymphenburger Verlagshandlung GmbH.

“An Evolutionary Paradigm for the Study of Human Aggression,” (1975). In War, Its Causes and Correlates, Martin A. Nettleship, R.Dale Givens, and Anderson Nettleship, eds., pp. 359-387. The Hague: Mouton Publishers.

“Toward a Survival — Oriented Policy Science,” (1975). In Biology and Politics, Recent Explorations, ed., Albert Somit, pp. 127-154. The Hague, Paris: Mouton.

“Toward a Survival-Oriented Policy Science,” (1975). Social Science Information, 14(5): 59-86.

“Human Nature Redivivus,” (1977). In Human Nature in Politics, (Nomos XVII), J. Roland Pennock and John W. Chapman, eds., pp. 19-68. New York: New York University Press.

Peter A. Corning, S. Kessler, and R. Kakihana, “Three Kinds of Aggressive Behavior in Laboratory Mice,” (1977). Behavior Genetics, 7(1): 51-52.

“Durkheim and Spencer,” (1982). The British Journal of Sociology, 33(3): 359-382.

“Politik und Evolution: Kybernetik un Synergismus in der Enstehung komplexer Gesellschaften,” (1983). In Politik und Biologie,” Heiner Flohr and Wolfgang Tönnesmann, eds., pp. 38-60. Berlin and Hamburg: Verlag Paul Parey.

“Evolution and Political Control: A Synopsis of a General Theory of Politics,” (1983). In Evolutionary Theory in Social Science, Michael Schmid and Franz M. Wuketits, eds., pp. 127-170. Dordrecht, Netherlands: D. Reidel.

Peter A. Corning and Samuel M. Hines, Jr. “Political Development and Political Evolution,” (1988). Politics and the Life Sciences, 6(2):140-172.

“Synergy,” (1994). In Evolution Extended: Biological Debates on the Meaning of Life, Connie Barlow, ed., pp. 110-117. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

“Synergy and Self-Organization in the Evolution of Complex Systems,” (1995). Systems Research, 12: 89-121.

“The Co-operative Gene: On the Role of Synergy in Evolution,” (1996). Evolutionary Theory, 11: 183-207.

“Synergy, Cybernetics and the Evolution of Politics,” (1996). International Political Science Review, 17: 91-119.

“Evolutionary Economics: Metaphor or Unifying Paradigm,” (1996). Journal of Social and Evolutionary Systems, 18: 421-435.

“Evolution and Ethics … An Idea Whose Time Has Come?” (Part One), (1996). Journal of Social and Evolutionary Systems, 19: 277-285.

“Evolution and Ethics … An Idea Whose Time Has Come?” (Part Two), (1997). Journal of Social and Evolutionary Systems, 20(3): 323-331.

“The Co-operative Gene: On the Role of Synergy in Evolution,” (1997). Evolutionary Theory, 11: 183-207.

“Holistic Darwinism: ‘Synergistic Selection’ and the Evolutionary Process,” (1997). Journal of Social and Evolutionary Systems, 20: 363-400.

“Biopolitical Economy: A Trail Guide for an Inevitable Discipline,” (1997). In Research in Biology and Politics (Vol. 5), Albert Somit and Steven A. Peterson eds., pp. 247-277. Stamford, CT. and London: JAI Press.

“Synergy: Another Idea Whose Time Has Come?” (1998). Journal of Social and Evolutionary Systems, 21(1): 1-6.

“The Synergism Hypothesis,” (1998). Journal of Social Evolutionary Systems, 21(2): 133-172.

“Holistic Darwinism: Synergy and the New Evolutionary Paradigm,” (1998). In Research in Biopolitics (Vol. 6), Albert Somit and Steven A. Peterson eds., pp 17-42. Stamford, CT. and London: JAI Press.

Peter A. Corning and Stephen Jay Kline. “Thermodynamics, Information and Life Revisited, Part I: To Be or Entropy,” (1998). Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 15: 273-295.

Peter A. Corning and Stephen Jay Kline. “Thermodynamics, Information and Life Revisited, Part II: Thermoeconomics and Control Information,” (1998). Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 15: 453-482.

“Cooperative Genes: Synergy and the Bioeconomics of Evolution,” (1999). In The Darwinian Heritage in Sociobiology, Johan M.G. van der Dennen, David Smilie, and David R. Wilson, eds., pp. 25-45. Westport, CT: Praeger.

“The Synergism Hypothesis: On the Concept of Synergy and Its Role in the Evolution of Complex Systems,” (1999). In Toward a New Paradigm of Systems Science, Yong Pil Rhee, ed., pp. 313-388. Seoul, Korea: Seoul National University Press.

“‘Holistic Darwinism’ and the Synergism Hypothesis,” (2000). In From Symbiosis to Eukaryotism – Endocytobiology VII, E. Wagner et al., eds., Geneva: Geneva University Press.

“Biological Adaptation in Human Societies: A ‘Basic Needs’ Approach,” (2000). Journal of Bioeconomics, 2: 41-86.

“‘Control Information’: The Missing Element in Norbert Wiener’s Cybernetic Paradigm,” (2001) Kybernetes, 30 (9/10): 1272-1288.

“The Systems Sciences in the Year 3000,” (2001). (Presidential Address, ISSS 2000). In Understanding Complexity, Gillian Ragsdell and Jennifer Wilby eds., pp. 277-282. New York: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

“The Re-Emergence of ‘Emergence:’ A Venerable Concept in Search of a Theory,” (2002). Complexity, 7(6): 18-30.

The Emergence of ‘Emergence’: Now What? (2002). Emergence, 4(3): 54-71.

 “‘Devolution’ as an Opportunity to Test the ‘Synergism Hypothesis’ and a Cybernetic Theory of Political Systems,” (2002). Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 19: 3-26.

“Thermoeconomics: Beyond the Second Law,” (2002). Journal of Bioeconomics, 4(1): 57-88.

“Evolutionary Ethics: An Idea whose Time has Come? (2003). Politics and the Life Sciences, 22(1): 50-58.

“The Continuing Decline of the Middle Class,” (2003). Indicators, The Journal of Social Health, 2(4): 74-78.

The Evolution of Politics, (2004). In Handbook of Evolution, Franz Wuketits, ed., pp. 191-252, Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH.

“Synergy and the Evolution of ‘Superorganisms’: Past, Present and Future,” (in Russian), (2004). In Challenge to Cognition: Strategies of Science Development in the Modern World, Narine Udumyan ed., pp. 184-221. Moscow: Nauka.

“Synergy Goes to War: A Bioeconomic Theory of Collective Violence,” (2007). Journal of Bioeconomics 9(2): 109-144.

“Control Information Theory: The ‘Missing Link’ in the Science of Cybernetics,” (2007). Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 24: 297-311.

“Holistic Darwinism: The New Evolutionary Paradigm and Some Implications for Political Science,” (2008). Politics and the Life Sciences 27(1), 22-54.

“The Re-Emergence of Emergence, and the Causal Role of Synergy in Emergent Evolution” Synthese, (Fall 2010). Online at www.springerlink.com

“The Synergism Hypothesis: Thirty Years Later,” (2011). Politics and the Life Sciences, 30(1): 61-64.

“The Cooperative Gene: Evolution, Human Nature, and Politics,” (2012). In Biopolicy: The Life Sciences in Public Policy (Research in Biopolitics, Vol. 10), Albert Somit and Steven A. Peterson eds., pp. 13-42. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group.

“The Fair Society: It’s Time to Re-Write the Social Contract,” (2012). Seattle Journal for Social Justice, 11(1): 191-216.

“Rotating the Necker Cube: A Bioeconomic Approach to Cooperation and the Causal Role of Synergy in Evolution,” (2013). Journal of Bioeconomics, 15: 171-193. DOI: 10.1007/s10818-012-9142-4.

“Evolution on Purpose: How Behaviour Has Shaped the Evolutionary Process,” (2013). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 112: 242-260. DOI: 10.1111/bij.12061.

“Systems Theory and the Role of Synergy in the Evolution of Living Systems,” (2013). Systems Research and Behavioral Science, DOI: 10.1002/sres2191.

“Emergence in Evolution and the Causal Role of Synergy,” (2014). In Synergie: Wissensgeschichte einer Denkfigur, Tatjana Petzer and Stephan Steiner, eds., (pp.in press) Paderborn, Germany: Fink.

“The Fair Society, the Right to Life, and the Public Trust” (2014) Social Evolution Forum http://socialevolutionforum.com/2014/10/17/peter-a-corning-the-fair-society-the-right-to-life-and-the-public-trust/

“The Science of Human Nature and the Social Contract,” (2014). Cosmos and History, (pp.in press).

Peter A. Corning and Eörs Szathmáry, “’Synergistic Selection’: A Darwinian Frame for the Evolution of Complexity,” (2015) Journal of Theoretical Biology 371: 45-58

“The Science of Human Nature and the Social Contract: A Biological Frame for Public Policy,” (forthcoming 2015). In Handbook of Biology and Politics, Albert Somit and Steven A. Peterson eds., pp. 00. London: Edward Elgar.

“The Evolution of Politics: A Biological Approach,” (forthcoming 2015). In Handbook of Biology and Politics, Albert Somit and Steven A. Peterson eds., pp. 00. London: Edward Elgar.

“Plato’s Republic: A 21st Century Makeover,” (unpublished manuscript).

 

Book Reviews and Commentaries

“An Aid to Navigation Through an Intellectual Fog-Bank,” (1996). Review of S.J. Kline, Conceptual Foundations for Multidisciplinary Thinking (1996). Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 13(4): 491-503.

Review of Robert Wright, The Moral Animal: Evolutionary Psychology and Everyday Life, (1994). Journal of Social and Evolutionary Systems, 1993): 277-285 (1996).

Commentary: “Complexity is Just a Word!” (1998). Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 58:1-4.

Review of Nicholas Rescher, Complexity: A Philosophical Overview, (1998). Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 60(3): 305 (1999).

“The Sociobiology of Democracy: Is Authoritarianism in Our Genes?” (2000). Review of Albert Somit and Steven A. Peterson, Darwinism, Dominance and Democracy: The Biological Bases of Authoritarianism (1997). Politics and Life Sciences, 19: 103-108.

Reply: “The Sociobiology of Democracy Revisited: a Reply and Reiteration,”(2001). Politics and the Life Sciences, 20(2): 231-234.

“Unmasking Darwin’s Cathedral,” (2003). Review of David Sloan Wilson, Darwin’s Cathedral: Evolution, Religion and the Nature of Society (2002). Skeptic, 10(3): 58-60.

Review of Niels H. Gregerson, From Complexity to Life: The Emergence of Life and Meaning, (2004) Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 71(1): 765 (2004).

Commentary: On Janet Landa, “The Bioeconomics of Homogeneous Middlemen…” (2008). Journal of Bioeconomics, 10(3): 291-292.

Review of Robert G.B. Reid, Biological Emergence: Evolution by Natural Experiment (2007). Emergence: Complexity and Organization, 10(2): 129-135 (2008).