Spen·cer·ism(spĕn′sə-rĭz′əm) also Spen·ce·ri·an·ism (spĕn-sîr′ē-ə-nĭz′əm)
The system of thought developed by Herbert Spencer, setting forth the idea that evolution is the passage from the simple, indefinite, and incoherent to the complex, definite, and coherent.
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the philosophical theory of Herbert Spencer that cosmic evolution is cyclic, controlled by mechanical forces which tend toward equilibrium and relative complexity until a peak is reached, after which dissolution occurs, the universe reverts to a simple state, and the cycle begins again. — Spencerian, n., adj.See also: Cosmology
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