Creep and Shrinkage by Hubert Rüsch, Dieter Jungwirth, Hubert K. Hilsdorf

By Hubert Rüsch, Dieter Jungwirth, Hubert K. Hilsdorf

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The star is an open thermodynamic system, in which heavy nuclei are continuously created through fusion. The more kinds of heavier nuclei exist, the more pathways there will be for the creation of still newer and heavier nuclei. This is a positive feedback process in which complexity (the variety of nuclei) engenders greater complexity (see, for example McClendon, 1980). We shall argue later that a similar positive feedback process underlies the biological evolution and successional processes that lead to diversification of biological species and to greater ecosystem complexity.

DISK 1 Fig. 4. Two rotating, electrically conducting discs coupled by electric currents, II and 12 , which are generated by axial magnetic fields. The currents and the magnetic fields of the two disks form a positive feedback system. (Reproduced from Rikitake, 1958, with permission of Cambridge University Press) 32 Now consider two disks representing two sections of the earth's core (Fig. 4). These disks are assumed to be spinning freely with no external energy inputs or frictional forces to slow them down.

The behavior changes of the finches in sampling new foods quickly reinforced any genetic changes (because of the small size of the populations), which in turn promoted further dependence on new foods. Adaptive radiation of the original founding finches resulted. Mayr (1960) presented another example of evolutionary change in feeding. He suggested the idea of a population of fish acquiring the habit of eating small snails. If this behavioral trait increased fitness, then evolution in the population toward stronger and flatter teeth would be expected, leading to more feeding on snails.

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