This very engaging work contains a lot of innovative insights on systems theory, and also a very effective chapter on postdarwinism, which opens by quoting the biologist Lynn Margulis on Darwinism:
" 'It is totally wrong. It's wrong like infectious medicine was wrong before Pasteur. It's wrong like phrenology is wrong. Every major tenet of it is wrong,' said the outspoken biologist Lynn Margulis about her latest target: the dogma of Darwinian evolution."
Kelly then goes on to point out that a number of microbiologists, geneticists, theoretical biologists, mathematicians, and computer scientists are saying there is more to life than Darwinism. "They do not reject Darwin's contribution; They simply want to move beyond it. I call them 'postdarwinians'."
With this the author provides a very good upgrade of many of the criticisms that have always accompanied Darwinism, along with a series of tie-ins with contemporary complexity theory, including the work of Kauffman, the new work on artificial evolution, and a very interesting musing-meditation on 'rising flow' in the context of the perennial thermodynamic enigmas latent in all evolutionary thinking.
The bibliography at the end is also invaluable for the literature here, including little know works, which as the author points out, is being resurrected by students in field, looking to move on to the era of postdarwinism.